This offseason it seemed that all everyone talked about was how the Los Angeles Lakers where able to pull off the impossible and obtain superstar center Dwight Howard.
However, the lesser talked about benefactor in the multi-team deal was the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers were able to pry away center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and the 25-year old will now be anchoring a frontcourt in desperate need of an identity.
Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 60 games last season, but missed time with his lingering knee injury. Bynum only played 35.2 minutes a game, but that is a number that will most likely go up if he can remain healthy. He may still be nursing his publicized knee injury, but Bynum will be back in a couple games, so his absence will be a distant memory to fantasy owners.
The big man also blocked 1.9 shots a game in 2011 and has always been a reliable source of blocks throughout his entire fantasy career. He will also get more chances to swat the ball away without the competition in the paint, so expect him to have several different contests with 3-5 blocks in 2012.
Bynum also gets control of his own interior defense and will be the man down low for the 76ers. He has amazing size in the post at seven-feet-tall and his 265-pound frame won’t let many other centers out-muscle him inside consistently. He is one of the only true centers left in the game and if Philadelphia utilized him correctly; the center could be in for a career season.
Bynum will no longer have to worry about Laker starting power forward, Pau Gasol, battling him for every rebound or Kobe Bryant’s fast shots ruining his chances at a transition offense.
Bynum shot a less than impressive 69.2 % from the charity stripe, but there are not many bigs in the game that can shoot reliably from the line anyway. He also has only scored 11.7 points a game over his career, so last season was a bit of a shock to many fantasy owners. However, his potential to dominate in Philadelphia makes him one of the most promising centers this fantasy season.
Bynum will finally be able to breathe on his own in 2012, and more importantly he will be able rebound on his own. He should post 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game this year, and finally mature into a fantasy basketball superstar.