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Are Lakers Showing Off Andrew Bynum to Boost His Trade Value?

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Andrew Bynum has been a beast since returning from his suspension and he's putting impressive numbers. In five games in the season so far, he has averaged 19.5 points, 15.8 rebounds and 2 blocks a game.

Let's look at how major those numbers are. In Bynum's last couple of seasons, he has gotten around 7-8 field goal attempts a game, and has gotten to the free throw stripe four times per game. Now, he's getting 14 field goal attempts and 7 free throw attempts per game. That's almost doubling what he has done, with the same efficiency.

It's no accident that Bynum is getting those numbers. The Lakers' coaching is giving more emphasis on Bynum's role and Mike Brown has been calling more plays on the low blocks and allotting more playing time for the 24-year old.

So, are the Los Angeles Lakers showcasing Andrew Bynum?
 
If you ask me, I'd say yes to that.
 
The team is showcasing Bynum to show the everyone in the league that Bynum is a legit equivalent to Dwight Howard (20.3 ppg, 15.9 rpg, 2.6bpg) and a Howard-Bynum trade would be a fair swap.