Andrew Bynum

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Basketball player
Andrew Bynum
Andrew Bynum
Player information
birthday 27th October 1987 (age 32)
place of birth Plainsboro , New Jersey , United States
size 213 cm
Weight 129 kg
position center
High school St. Joseph ( Metuchen , New Jersey )
NBA draft 2005 , 10th pick, Los Angeles Lakers
Clubs as active
2005–2012 Los Angeles Lakers 2012–2013 Philadelphia 76ers 2013–2014 Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 Indiana PacersUnited StatesUnited States
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Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987 in Plainsboro , New Jersey ) is a retired American basketball player who was active in the NBA from 2005 to 2014 , most recently for the Los Angeles Lakers .


High school

Bynum changed high school a total of three times. First he played for Windsor-Plainsboro High School, then he went on the hunt for points for the Solebury School in New Hope , Pennsylvania. After he drew attention to himself through his achievements, he accepted an offer from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen , New Jersey, to further increase his profile.


Los Angeles Lakers (2005-2012)

After a successful final high school season, Bynum decided in 2005 to forego college experience and instead enroll in the NBA Draft . The Los Angeles Lakers signed him with the 10th pick of the 2005 NBA draft . Bynum became the youngest NBA player ever on his debut in the Lakers jersey at 18 years and 6 days, and is expected to remain so, as the NBA raised the age limit for players to 19 in 2007.

After a mixed rookie season, he rose in his second year to an average of 7.8 points, 5.9  rebounds and 1.6  blocks in just 21 minutes.

The 2007/08 season is classified as his so-called "breakout year", he improved greatly in all areas of the game and set career best values ​​in all categories. Especially in rebound behavior he showed a great improvement and his "post-moves" were now more numerous. His best game, in which he marked 42 points and 15  rebounds , made Bynum on January 21, 2009 against the Los Angeles Clippers . On January 14, 2008 in the game against the Memphis Grizzlies , he injured his knee and had to watch the rest of the season as well as the entire play-offs .

At the end of August 2008 the young center recovered from his injury and was fit again at the beginning of the 2008/09 season . Thanks to Bynum and his immediate good interaction with front court partner Pau Gasol , the Lakers had the best start to the season of all NBA teams. In January 2009, Bynum injured his right knee again against the Memphis Grizzlies when teammate Kobe Bryant fell on the ground against Bynum. He was sidelined for 33 games, but returned to the squad in time for the play-offs in April 2009. The team moved into the finals and won the NBA championship against the Orlando Magic 4-1.

In the following season 2009/10 Bynum put on about the same values ​​as in the previous seasons. He was also prone to injury again: He had shoulder and knee problems again in the play-offs. However, Bynum did not have an operation, which was an important factor for the Lakers to win the title again in the final against the Boston Celtics 4-3. In the play-offs 2011 he was eliminated with the Lakers early in the 2nd round against the Dallas Mavericks after a 4-0 series. In the final phase of the fourth game he was sent off after an unsportsmanlike foul on JJ Barea and subsequently suspended for five games of the coming season. Due to the NBA lockout , the suspension was subsequently reduced to four games.

In the 2011/12 season he was appointed to the all-star game for the first time , where he was even in the West's starting five . Bynum was considered the best NBA center next to Dwight Howard at the time . For the Lakers he achieved career highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks. In the play-offs he broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbars team record of 9 blocks in a game against the Denver Nuggets when he blocked 10 throws and also scored a triple-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds .

Philadelphia 76ers (2012-2013)

On August 10, 2012, Bynum moved to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a four-team trade . In return, Dwight Howard moved to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. However, he did not play a single game for the 76ers, as he was out with knee problems for the entire 2012/13 season . The 76ers then decided not to offer Bynum a new contract.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-2014)

During the summer of 2013, Bynum received various offers from teams in the NBA. However, he himself refused to take part in a trial training session with an interested team, as he did not want to take any risk of injury before the season. Finally he agreed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a contract until 2015. However, Bynum missed the start of the season again because he had not yet finished his rehab. In late November, Bynum finally returned to the floor and played his first games for the Cavs. At the end of December, however, he was suspended from the club because he had previously received negative attention. Among other things, he should not have trained as desired and disregarded instructions from the coaches. At the beginning of January 2014, the Cavaliers Bynum transferred to the Chicago Bulls , in return Forward Luol Deng moved to Cleveland. With the Bulls, Bynum's contract was immediately terminated by option, without training or playing.

Indiana Pacers (2014)

In February 2014, Bynum was hired by the Indiana Pacers as a backup for their home center Roy Hibbert . The contract was initially guaranteed until the end of the season. Bynum completed two season games for the Pacers before injuring his knee again and was out for the rest of the season. His contract was not renewed by the Pacers.

useful information

  • In order to improve his offensive game, the Los Angeles Lakers provided him with the help of the NBA all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , who ended this engagement in the 2009 off-season .
  • His teammates gave him the nickname "Socks" in his early days in the NBA, because at that time he did not have any bathing shoes and therefore showered in socks.

Achievements and Awards

Individual evidence

  1. Repetition of the scene .
  2. Reports: Howard deals to Lakers in four-team trade ( Memento of August 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ^ Cavaliers suspend Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team | NBC Sports. December 30, 2013, accessed April 18, 2020 .
  4. ^ Pacers' Andrew Bynum out indefinitely with sore knee

Web links

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