Posts about Andrew Bynum
15 years ago, Kobe Bryant criticized the Lakers for not dealing 19 year old Andrew Bynum for 34 year old Jason Kidd in the offseason. From that point on, Bynum played 229 more games compared to Kidd's 490 games.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKI8K7GP3NM (potato quality video from 2007)
Bynum has been basically out of the league for the past 10 years since being dealt to Philadelphia in 2012 (never appearing in a game with them). He played 26 games with Cleveland and Indiana between 2013-2014 before disappearing for good at 26. He did however help the Lakers win 2 titles and become a 1x All Star between 2007-2012 (229 games played).
Kidd played *445 (not 490) games between 2007-2013 with NJ/Dallas/NY (as a starter) before retiring at 40. He won 1 title and made 2x All Stars in that time.
Andrew Bynum would be the same age as Al Horford right now (35), who is coming off the best playoff run of his career.
If the Lakers brought back Andrew Bynum, who has been retired since the 2013-2014 season, he would only be the 7th oldest player on the roster as it currently stands.
Carmelo Anthony: 37 - May 29, 1984
LeBron James: 36 - Dec. 30, 1984
Marc Gasol: 36 - Jan. 29, 1985
Trevor Ariza: 36 - Jun. 30, 1985
Dwight Howard: 35 - Dec. 8, 1985
Rajon Rondo: 35 - Feb. 22, 1986
Andrew Bynum: 33 - Oct. 27, 1987
Pretty crazy to think that a former All-Star who’s been retired for 8 years can be dropped into a contending roster in 2021 and be younger than half of its players.
Do you think we ever saw Bynum reach his ceiling as a basketball player? How well could he have done in today’s game if injuries didn’t curb his career?