By Eric D. Graham BASN columnist
Updated: May 2, 2012

The Best of the rest...

The Best of the rest...

NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)—With the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard missing the 2012 NBA playoffs due to a bad back, Andrew Bynum is without a doubt the best center in the game.

The 24-year old center made this evident with his 10 point, 13 rebound and 10 block shot performance in the Lakers 103 to 88 victory over the Denver Nuggets Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center.

Bynum’s triple-double, in fact, made him the first Laker to accomplish this feat since Magic Johnson did it in the 1991 NBA Finals.

Bynum’s 10 block shots also broke a Lakers’ franchise record previously held by the legendary Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who had nine and tied a NBA playoff record held by Utah’s Mark Eaton and the Rockets’ Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon.

“That’s a huge accomplishment…” said Bynum.

“It’s very big. It shows that I can do two things out there…offense and defense. Note to self: The more I play D, the better we’ll be.”

Bynum’s self assessment of his talent was correct.

His long arms and lengthy body plus his offensive skill set down low will be one of the main reasons why the Lakers will potentially advance in the NBA playoffs this year, despite having Kobe Bryant on the team.

Bynum, who has only averaged 8.8 ppg in his career in the postseason, has improved tremendously this year.

And with a league lacking big men, Bynum, who is playing with extreme confidence, could find himself in the same conservation with other great Laker centers like Jabbar, O’Neal and Chamberlain, if LA ends up competing for another NBA Championship.

Bynum, who is averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season, followed up his triple-double with a career playoff-high 27 points and nine rebounds, as the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 104-100 Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 series lead.