Ex-Lakers star center Andrew Bynum expects to return to the Philadelphia 76ers this year after being sidelined all season due to knee injuries. Bynum stated he would definitely be back this year, I’m not sure if Bynum is aware of the fact that the NBA post-season is almost over and his 76er team is sitting in 9th place behind the Milwaukee Bucks in the eastern conference playoff picture with no clear indication of making the playoffs. Bynum has not played a game for the 76ers since he was traded by the Lakers late 2012 after the team suffered an early playoff exit.
I believe the 76ers have a fighting chance at the 8th playoff position if Bynum can return early enough, granted it will take some time for him to get his timing back. The 76ers have a huge hole to fill in the middle and Bynum can be a huge asset with his presence alone. In a Dwight Howard: Is he overpaid or overrated, article I wrote earlier this year, I compared the two centers and selected Bynum as the better choice for a team moving forward because of his toughness and ability to shoot the short jumper. The Lakers made a huge mistake trading Bynum, injury aside. Bynum has two more NBA championships than Dwight Howard and when healthy he was ranked as the top center in the NBA by all-time great and 5-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal.
Prior to his injury, the 76ers organization deemed Bynum as the player that would catapult their organization to the next level of competition in the NBA. I still think Bynum is the best center in the NBA if he’s 100 percent healthy, he may not be as athletic as Dwight Howard but he has proven himself as a top-tier talent in the NBA and I’m looking forward to his return.