The Indiana Pacers‘ move to acquire center Andrew Bynum was one of little risk and big rewards, and the move might pay big dividends in the future as the Pacers continue their quest towards a championship.
While Bynum has been limited since he has left Los Angeles, he can still be one of the most dominant centers in the league if healthy, which could be the Pacers’ saving grace in their stretch run in pursuit of the NBA championship. If Bynum can return to his former glory, the Pacers will possess the best front line in all of basketball, giving them a decisive advantage over Eastern Conference adversaries.
We finally saw a glimpse of the greatness that is Bynum when he made his debut for the Pacers on Tuesday night at home. Bynum reminded all the NBA what he is capable of in the Pacers’ 94-83 that saw the center record eight points and grab 10 rebounds while logging solid minutes.
While Bynum’s return was what resonated around the NBA, it was David West who led the Pacers to victory, scoring 24 points and grabbing five rebounds. Indiana snapped its four-game losing streak in the defeat of the struggling Boston Celtics, but the win looms much larger in the grand scheme of things as it elevates Bynum’s psyche and the team’s overall confidence.
The Pacers have ascended in recent years to become one of the powers in the Eastern Conference, but are still looking to get to the top of the mountain this year by slaying the demons years past. Indiana has been among the favorites to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy this year, but should be elevated to front-runner status with the addition of Bynum.
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