Having faced Bynum, acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple times when he and Wright played in the Pacific Division, Wright, who spent his last two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, stated unequivocally that Bynum is the league’s best big man.
“He’s going to need two defenders to stop him; I would say he’s the best big man in the NBA right now, hands down,” Wright, speaking at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, said. “He’s a guy that can give you baskets with his back to the basket; a guy who makes free throws at 7-feet. You’ve just got to respect him.”
At that point I interjected, asking him if he calls Bynum the best big man in the league because they are now on the same team. Or could it be because Howard is on the mend from back surgery?
“No way, I’d say it any day. It’s because I know he can put his back to the basket and give us a basket and request a double team and make free throws,” Wright continued. “It’s his all-around game. Hopefully he can stay healthy and we can ride, he can put us on his back and he can take us as far as we can go.”
You gotta take his word for it at least a little since he played the Lakers a bunch over the past several years having been on the Warriors in the Pacific, but this is a homer call all the way. I’d love to believe him, though. Younger, better back-to-the-basket game, far better free throw shooter — he’s got some advantages over Superman. Plus, because AB is going to draw so many double teams and how much the Sixers have loaded up the squad with shooters, this is their chance to go as deep into the playoffs as their open 3-point shooting will take them.
I’ve weened myself off of Andrew Bynum excitement for the past month as the Eagles easily trample all other local teams in their path, but I’m about a couple more Mike Vick 2+ INT games away from buying Sixers season tickets and moving the team up my personal power rankings. No playoff baseball, no hockey, and the Andy Reid Pass Machine is stuck on Turnover? Go Sixers!
Preseason starts in AC on October 13.