Who is Andrew Bynum?
Andrew Bynum is a former professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league from 2005 until 2014. He is best remembered for his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers and the 2009-2010 season, when he and the Lakers won the NBA Championship.
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What Happened to Andrew Bynum?
Andrew had persistent injury problems, especially with his knee, which kept him on the sidelines more than on the court. He fought back many times, but as of 2014 he hasn’t played competitive basketball. He was signed with the Indiana Pacers for his last NBA season, but played in only two games before swelling and soreness in his right knee returned.
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He was sidelined for the rest of the season, and during the play-offs that year, it was announced that he would no longer be involved in team activities. Since then, there have been reports of him trying to return to the NBA, and in 2018 he trained with the Lakers and other NBA teams, but unfortunately he had no luck, and remains out of professional basketball.
Andrew Bynum Wiki- Age, Childhood, and Education
Andrew Bynum was born on the 27th October 1987, in Plainsboro Township, New Jersey USA; he is the second and youngest child of Ernest Bynum and his ex-wife Janet McCoy; his parents divorced when Andrew was only a year old.
He changed several schools during his teenage years, first attending St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, in his junior and senior years, then transferring to West Windsor Plainsboro High School North for the better part of his freshman year, but then for the rest of the freshman year and sophomore, he went to Solebury School, Pennsylvania. He wanted to play basketball for the University of Connecticut, but at just 17 years old, he decided to enter the NBA and declared for the 2005 NBA Draft.
He had an impressive stint in high school, including playing in the 2005 McDonald’s All-American game.
All this improved his draft position, and he was selected as the 10th pick by the Los Angeles Lakers, making Bynum the youngest player ever drafted by an NBA team at just 17 years, 244 days. Later, he became the youngest payer player to actually play in an NBA game, when he made his debut in the 2005-2006 season opener for the Lakers against the Denver Nuggets. Before the season started, Karim Abdul Jabbar worked with the young player, making his game even more diverse. In his rookie season, Andrew played 46 games, but had only around eight minutes per game to prove himself, but averaged just 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
He improved in the second season, and after playing in all 82 games with around 22 minutes per game on the court, he averaged 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Journey to the Championship
He continued to improve on the court, breaking his personal records, leading the Lakers to a 26-11 record, before he was injured in January 2008 in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, dislocating his left kneecap after landing on Lamar Odom’s foot. He didn’t return for the rest of the season, missing 46 games. Nevertheless, his numbers were better, as he had 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. That year, the Lakers reached the NBA Finals, but lost to the Boston Celtics.
He started the next season 100% healthy, and in January 2009 he had his career-high in scoring with 42 points, and 15 rebounds. Unfortunately, in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, he collided with Kobe Bryant and after a scan, it was revealed that he suffered a torn medial cruciate ligament in his right knee. Luckily, he returned later that season and won the NBA title, with the Lakers, although his numbers weren’t that impressive.
The following year Andrew played in 65 games, all starts, and averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He also had trouble with his knee as he injured it in the first round of the play-offs.
Nevertheless, he played through the injury and contributed o tthe second title in a row averaging 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds during playoffs. He eventually succumbed to having surgery on the 28th July 2010, unable to postpone it any longer.
As the surgery came later than it should have, he missed the beginning of the season, and made his debut in December against the Washington Wizards. His playing time was limited due to the high-injury risk, and became focused more on defending than scoring. This affected his statistics but he still had an average of 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, in the 54 games that he played.
The next season was his best in his entire career, having multiple games with 20+ rebounds and 20+ points. Mike Brown was appointed the new coach of the Lakers and he thought of Bynum as an All-Star center. Andrew played in 60 games, all starts, and had 18.7 points per game with 11.8 rebounds. The season earned him his only All-Star game appearance.
In 2012, the Lakers picked up the $16.1 million worth team option on his contract. but traded him to the Orlando Magic. However, Jordan didn’t even reach the camp as the Magic decided against receiving Bynum because of his prone to injury status.
He missed the whole 2012-2013 season with knee problems, then in 2013 he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he was nowhere near his previous form, and eventually finished his career in Indiana, after only two games played in 2014. Since then, he has been out of the NBA.
Andrew Bynum Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Although his career was marred by injuries, Andrew still signed a couple of high profile contracts, including the $58 million over four years with the Lakers. As of early 2020, Andrew Bynum’s net worth is estimated at $45 million, while he earned over $70 million in total during his career in the NBA.
Andrew stands at 7ft (2.13m) tall, while he weighs approximately 285lbs ~ 129kgs. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Andrew Bynum Personal Life, Marriage, Facts
When it comes to his personal life, Andrew has been rather secretive about it, and there is no available information about his love life and other private details. He lives a life away from the media buzz, and although he is sometimes mentioned as one of the Lakers’ all-time-greats, his injury-prone knees didn’t take him too far in his career.