Former All-Star big man Bynum eyeing NBA comeback

Andrew Bynum, who has not played in the NBA since 2014, is eyeing a return to the league.

Andrew Bynum has not played in the NBA since the 2014 season, but that is about to change if he has his way, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Still only 30 years old, the 7-foot, 285-pound center was the 10th overall selection of the 2005 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bynum spent seven seasons with the Lakers, averaging 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in 25.6 minutes, while shooting 55.6 percent from the field. He earned a spot in the All-Star Game in 2011-12, when averaged career-high in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8), playing 60 games.

He was part of the Lakers’ squads that won back-to-back NBA championships in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, though he was limited to only 18 and 23 games, respectively.

Knee issues prevented Bynum from developing into the perennial All-Star many believed he would. He was traded by the Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a massive four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012 and the knee problems forced Bynum to sit out the entire 2012-13 season.

After his contract expired after that season, Philadelphia opted to not re-sign him and Bynum signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 19, 2013.

Bynum played 24 games, starting 19, for Cleveland, averaging 8.4 points, 5.3 blocks and 1.2 blocks in 20.0 minutes, shooting 41.9 percent from the field.

The Cavaliers traded him to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 6, 2014 and he was waived the next day. Bynum was signed by the Indiana Pacers for the rest of the season Feb. 1, but played in only two games, averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.0 minutes, shooting 40.9 percent from the field.

Then only 26, those were the last NBA games in which Bynum played.

As he looks to resurrect his career, Bynum holds career averages of 11.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in 25.6 minutes in 418 games (319 starts), shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 69.0 percent from the free-throw line.

1 Comment on "Former All-Star big man Bynum eyeing NBA comeback"

  1. If he can ball again, good luck in your comeback! Why not? He deserves a chance. The guy was an absolute beast next to Kobe and Gasol back in the day. So now he could be a solid role player if his body holds up. It’s difficult for guys that big not to get leg injuries, I mean the knees and ankles. If he went to the Lakers and had a second coming… I am sure he would love to play for the Lake Show again.

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