For many reasons, Andrew Bynum has been constantly ridiculed over this season. He has yet to play an NBA game for the Philadelphia 76ers because of his knee injury and the many setbacks that have occurred along the way. He has also displayed signs of immaturity and of being injury-prone over his career.
Despite all of these things that make Bynum one of the most maligned figures in professional sports, the Phoenix Suns should seriously consider targeting him this off-season after he becomes a free agent.
The idea was suggested on Friday afternoon by ESPN’s Amin Elhassan in a piece that discusses where this summer’s high-profile free agents would fit the best. Elhassan hit Bynum’s potential destination spot-on when he suggested Phoenix in the piece.
For starters, the Suns undoubtedly have the best training staff in the entire NBA. They have a well-documented history of taking older and injury-prone players and keeping them healthy so that they can have productive season. The training staff in Phoenix is so good at what they do that they’ve essentially become an urban legend; they can fix any injured player.
The training staff would help Bynum stay on the floor, but Bynum would also immensely help the cause in Phoenix. After Steve Nash left his past off-season, the Suns entered re-building mode and began the search for a player that they could center their franchise around. When he’s healthy, Bynum can undoubtedly be that player.
In his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, which also doubled as his first season of staying healthy throughout the entire year in a while, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game on 55.8 percent shooting. That kind of production is elite at the center position and comes from a player that a team can certainly build around.
There’s obviously no promise that the Suns would be able to get Bynum if they did indeed target him, but it definitely still qualifies as a risk that they have to take. Bynum, when healthy, has the potential to be a franchise player and the Suns’ training staff has the ability to keep him healthy. Honestly, it seems like Bynum belongs in Phoenix.