There’s undoubtedly a stigma that now surrounds Andrew Bynum. Not only has he shown immaturity on and off of the court, but there is also the fact that he missed the entire 2012-2013 NBA season after being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers last summer. However, that didn’t stop the Cleveland Cavaliers from taking a gamble on the center, signing him to a two-year contract.
Bynum’s health and character may still be somewhat of a question as he dons a new uniform, but there’s no doubting his ability when it comes to playing the center position at a high level.
In the 2011-2012 season while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the last time he touched the floor in an NBA game, Bynum was fantastic. In 60 games, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 35.2 minutes per game. He also shot a solid 55.8 percent from the floor and shot 69.2 percent from the foul line, a solid rate for a big man in the NBA.
Bynum was a force on both ends of the floor when he was healthy. Offensively, Bynum averaged 1.01 points per possession, the 43rd best rate in the league. He also averaged 0.89 points per possession while posting up (50th in the NBA) and averaged a phenomenal 1.53 points per possession when he shot off of cuts (fifth in the league).
Defensively, Bynum was equally as solid. He allowed only 0.77 points per possession, making him the 65th best defender in that regard. More impressively, though was the versatility he showed as a defender, not having any real weaknesses against any particular looks that were thrown at him by opponents.
Ultimately, Bynum is one of the best centers in the league when he’s healthy. With Bynum, there’s no telling if he’s going to be healthy for the Cavs or if he’s going to be fully invested in playing in Cleveland. However, if he puts forth his full effort and can stay on the floor, it’s pretty clear that the Cavaliers signed a gem.