Player A: 18.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.9 BPG, 55.8 FG%, 59.4 TS%, 22.9 PER, .183 WS/48, 100 DRtg, 23.8 Usage Rate, 13.3 FGA per game
Player B: 23.4 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 3.4 BPG, 50.8 FG%, 55.4 TS%, 23.8 PER, .189 WS/48, 99 DRtg, 26.8 Usage Rate, 17.8 FGA per game
Look, I know you’ve read the title to this column. You know Player A is Andrew Bynum in his age-24 season (his last as a Laker). Before I tell you who the other guy is, I want you to remember how close they are. Besides blocks (and to be fair, the guy I’m about to name is the greatest defender of the modern era) and assists, they’re virtually identical. Player B averaged more points, but remember, he had a higher usage rate, attempted more shots, and shot a lower field goal percentage. In rebounds and all-encompassing advanced metrics, the two are almost even. So, ready for the big reveal?
Player B is Hakeem Olajuwon. That’s right, you didn’t realize how freaking good Andrew Bynum was until just now. Bynum’s age-24 ...