Andrew Bynum: Player profile

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Andrew BynumLos Angeles Lakers’ Center Andrew Bynum is arguably one of the best big men in the NBA today.  At 7’0, 285 lbs, Bynum has the length to be an intimidating defender while possessing the footwork and strength to be an imposing offensive post player.  Born on October 27, 1987 in Plainsboro, New Jersey, Bynum was the 10th overall pick by the Lakers in the 2005 draft out of Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, NJ.  On draft day Bynum was only 17 years and 244 days old making him the youngest player to be drafted in NBA history.

Of his six professional seasons Bynum has only remained healthy from start to finish during his second year.  The question of health has plagued Bynum’s reputation repeatedly and often subjects him to lesser rankings when compared to his NBA peers.

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In 2009 and 2010 Bynum played a big part in back-to-back championships for the Los Angeles Lakers.  His 14 plus points and eight rebounds per game during the regular seasons helped establish the Lakers front court as one of the most dominant in the league along with current teammate Pau Gasol and former teammate Lamar Odom.

Being a youthful commodity with tremendous upside Bynum has often been the subject of trade rumors.  In 2007, Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant tried to convince the front office to deal Bynum to the New Jersey Nets for point guard Jason Kidd.  Then in 2011 the Denver Nuggets offered star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers for Bynum.  And this season there is all kinds of buzz about a possible Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard deal.  The fact of the matter is that Bynum will most likely not be traded anywhere.  He has close ties to the Lakers VP of Player Personnel Jim Buss, also from New Jersey.  Buss was the one who drafted Bynum out of high school and he wants to see his project develop and come to fruition.  Until Buss feels like Bynum can’t get any better, Andrew will remain a Laker.

Possibly the lowest point in Andrew Bynum’s young career came last season during the Western Conference Semi Finals.  With the Lakers on the verge of being swept by the Dallas Mavericks a frustrated Bynum took a cheap shot in the 4th quarter on a defenseless J.J. Barea.  Bynum was called for a flagrant foul and ejected from the game.  What made Bynum’s actions so jaw dropping was the fact the his intent appeared malicious and classless; two traits not normally associated with the Lakers.  Furthermore, Bynum has more over 100 lbs on Barea and the foul was totally uncalled for.  Bynum’s actions resulted in a five game suspension (reduced to four) to begin the 2011 season.

In the 2011-12 season Bynum is off to a tremendous start averaging just less than 18 points and 14 rebounds a game.  Those are solid numbers for any center and if he can continue to improve and stay healthy, Andrew Bynum will definitely hold the key to the future success of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Aaron Moon is the CEO and a Featured Journalist for The Sports Blitz.

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One Response to Andrew Bynum: Player profile

  1. CS360 says:

    Hey you know what they say, the bigger they are the harder they fall. Just what the NBA needs another great player in LA.

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