The Cleveland Cavaliers signed center Andrew Bynum this past offseason, but were not getting all that much from him early on in the season. In the past few games, he has begun to show some signs that he could still live up to the expectations. Standing at 7’0″ and weighing in at 285 pounds, there is no question that he could become a very dominant big man. Cleveland needs him to get going the way he has the lat few games if they want to make a run at competing in the postseason.
Through his last three games, Bynum has scored 20 points twice and has also had two double-doubles. In his last five games, Bynum has averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Those numbers are certainly good enough to warrant the deal that Cleveland signed him to, but does it signify that Bynum is beginning to get his legs back under him and playing at the level that the Cavaliers wanted?
Andrew Bynum has made quotes that he isn’t sure that his knees will ever be the same again after the injury concerns he’s had throughout his career. That being said, he is still just 26 years old and has a few years of good basketball left in him. He has had a lot more bounce in his game the past few games and continues to look more aggressive on the offensive side of the basketball as well. If he’s able to keep this type of play up, the Cavaliers are going to be a very difficult team to beat.
Kyrie Irving has been struggling quite a bit with his shot this season as well, but perhaps having a dominant big man would be the piece he needs to break out. Bynum has always been considered a legitimate scoring threat throughout his career and the Cavaliers signed him hoping that he would be able to become a 14-15 points per game scorer yet again. He hasn’t done that all that consistently yet this season, but the last week there have been quite a few positive signs.
As far as his defense, anything he’s able to give will certainly be a plus. Just being 7’2″ will be enough to make an impact as a rim protector, and he put that on full display against the Chicago Bulls on November 30th with five blocks.
Overall, Bynum is beginning to look like the player that the Cavaliers were hoping for when they made the move to sign him. It’s a bit too early to say that he’s going to be able to keep these kind of numbers up all season, but he’s look much healthier than he did at the start of the season. Cleveland has gotten off to a disappointing start themselves, but are also beginning to look a bit more in sync. It will be intriguing to see what the next couple of weeks hold for both Bynum and the Cavaliers.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.