Much has been made of Andrew Bynum’s time with the Sixers. When the news was broken that the team had made a blockbuster trade to finally bring in a superstar talent that organization has lacked since the Allen Iverson era, Bynum was beloved. After just one season, he has been maligned for just about every move he has made.
Bynum failed to play a single game for the 76ers in 2012-2013, and racked up almost $17 million along the way. If that wasn’t enough, he re-injured his already troublesome knee while bowling, and after the season’s conclusion, he was caught on video doing his best “Dancing with the Stars” impression at a cafe in Madrid, Spain.
However, in his last season as a Los Angeles Laker, the 25-year-old Bynum averaged almost 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks. These numbers are significantly more impressive than at first glance due to the fact that he got his points while playing alongside the likes of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, who both command the ball.
It is hard to tell at this point whether or not the Sixers will attempt to bring the 7-footer back next season, but the decision is much tougher than many fans think. Most do not want the headache that was Andrew Bynum’s 2012-2013 season all over again, but if Bynum is cleared by doctors before he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1st, the decision will be magnified.
There is no saying that Bynum will want to return to Philadelphia, but in my opinion, if he does and they can construct a team-friendly, health-incentive deal, by all means they should do it. Regardless of what people think, Bynum is the only chance that the Sixers have at a superstar for some time. If Bynum is healthy and Jrue Holiday can continue to improve, the Sixers can be extremely competitive for some time to come.