And the Andrew Bynum saga continues. Bynum has now said he may not play this season after experiencing more swelling in his previously operated on knee. The 7-footer has been quoted saying, “I don’t want to play in pain. I’m 25, it’s my life.” Understandably, Sixers’ fans are frustrated and no longer expect the highly anticipated debut of the highly-skilled center. While it becomes more and more apparent Bynum will most likely not be in Philadelphia next season, here’s a look at what the Sixers have missed out on after trading away the face of their franchise, Andre Iguodala.
A season ago, Andrew Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum also shot 55.8% from the field, and had a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 23.01. For comparison, the highest PER on the Sixers’ roster is Jrue Holiday, who currently has a 18.52.
The Sixers have attempted the most shots in the NBA from 16-23 feet. The most obvious reason is the lack of a post presence. With big men such as Spencer Hawes, LaVoy Allen, Kwame Brown, it is not shocking that the team does not have a guy they can throw the ball to in the post and count on for points. Bynum averaged 49% of his shots at the rim and 39% from 3-9 feet while shooting 73.2% at the rim. With 88% of his shots coming from inside 9 feet, and averaging almost 19 points per game, it is safe to say Andrew Bynum would have provided the Sixers with a true post scorer.
Last but not least, the Sixers rank 26th and 24th in the NBA in Offensive Rebounding Rate (ORR) and Total Rebounding Rate (TRR) at 24.5 and 48.67 respectively. Andrew Bynum alone had an Offensive Rebounding Rate of 10.6 and a Total Rebounding Rate of 18.7.
It is easy to say that Andrew Bynum would help a team that is twelve games under .500. It is easy to say that the Sixers would probably have more than 22 wins if Andrew Bynum was healthy, but he’s not. It is unlikely Bynum will return, and it is unlikely the 7-footer will be back in Philadelphia next season.