Thanks for the point by point breakdown. I'll respond in like fashion.
Really like Will Bynum's offense. To me, it's a shame that he's 5'11" rather than 6'2", but he compensates with great athleticism and has always been one of those great sixth men scoring types off the bench. But...he's overrated. Because of the other end of the court. The guy can't defend at all. It's not just this past season, but for several seasons straight he's struggled at contesting shots, and he also doesn't make defensive plays. It's the reason, despite the awful inconsistency of Detroit's Rodney Stuckey/Brandon Knight, Bynum couldn't get over 20 minutes a game off the bench. We could actually use a sparkplug like him, but after seeing us with so many bad PG defenders over the years, it's become almost a necessity for us, especially with Steve Nash as a bottom ten PG defender this year (and likely getting worse). So, beyond the price, I'm really skeptical of him.
I think Bynum is one of the very few realistically attainable pieces that would be a difference maker. You're surely right - things have to change to disguise some of what he can't do. My thought is to have Rambis come up with a scheme to move and defend. By getting Gasol closer to the basket, he doesn't have to move as much. Hill and a SF (Wilkins, e.g.,) add quickness over last season's 3 and 4 spot. In short, I think we can do it. Not at an elite level, but good enough. And on offense, imagine Bynum attacking with Nash and Vujacic at the arc - with Odom/Hill and Gasol going for boards/cutting to the basket. I think it can work.
Vujacic is Vujacic. His past several years in the league on defense he's like a gerbil...tries hard, but the end result is still on the subpar side. On offense, he has handles and but he's a good "streak" shooter--not a sharpshooter. But his European stints were underwhelming--first season, he shot 33.6% from three, and the next season, he shot an awful 37.6% on TWO point shots. Considering Europe's a step down in competition, if he's doing that there, what makes you think he'll recover when he gets back? I don't think he'll see a Josh Childress type decline, but from that, I do expect a decline. He wasn't that good to begin with, either.
Sasha needs minutes to produce. He didn't start many games his second year in Euroleague, and he played fewer minutes. He was always a gamer to me - he stood up when the pressure was on.
Wilkins is already on his way out of the league. If there was a half-veteran minimum deal, his talent would be in line for that. At this point, he's a NBA Z-lister.
I'm not sure why I see it differently. His PER stats are good; at SG, he outperformed his counterpart. His on/off aren't awful: -0.1. And that's playing a bunch of minutes against good competition. If we can staff a team with other players who are as good for as little money, I'm all for it.
Odom--really thought his defense was awesome last year. Then again, I thought the whole Clippers' bench was awesome last year, but still, Odom was critical for that to happen. This is nothing new for Odom--he always was an underrated defender, even with us, and that's what the glue guys are about. I like him and I think he can bring that dimension back, but on offense we're playing 4-on-5--he's become mad passive since he left us. Still, as a defense-guy, he ranks better than Bynum, Vujacic, etc on my list.
He was always a solid help defender I thought. (So was Luke Walton, in my view.) You're surely right that he doesn't score. But he does rebounds and defend. Clearly he's mentally affected still. I don't doubt that physically he has slipped a bit, but the mental part with him is more important. I think that if he takes a Vet Min contract, he's one of the best quality pickups of the season.
Samardo--Another z lister. Typically I like looking at non-team free agents for diamonds in the rough, but I remember writing a scathing review on this guy after his Cleveland. I think his problems were inability to finish and inability to play defense. He shot 37% from the field--and he's a PF--before he left the league. We could do way better.
Close shots: 25% of his attempts, shot 53% EFG
100% on Dunks (7% of attempts)
Defensive PER: 13.4 at PF, 11.4 at C
But the FG% allowed were better with him on court
Close shots: 46% of his attempts, shot 47% EFG
89% on dunks (11% of attempts)
Defensive PER: 12.7 at PF, 14.0 at C
FG% allowed way better with him on court
Close shots: 49% of attempts (50% EFG)
91% on dunks (14% of attempts)
Defensive PER: 18.1 at PF, 18.9 at C
EFG allowed was worse with him on court
In short, the stats point toward his being a solid defender and a so-so finisher (better than Dwight last year).
I don't claim that this is the best team on the planet. I do think it's a realistic team that would be authentically LA. And we'd win some games.