Friday, March 21, 2008

Andrew Bynum May Return After All - Don't Get Too Excited

In an interesting turn of events, Andrew Bynum, who was deemed out until the playoffs as early as Monday, now has a chance to be back two weeks from Sunday and available for the Lakers final 6 games. 

Fantasy Impact

Although this is good news for Lakers fans, I would advise the Bynum faithful in fantasyland to keep their expectations of the young big man in check for three reasons. First, Bynum hasn't played since January 13th and will more than likely have some rust to shake off upon his return. Second, he will have to get acclimated to playing alongside Pau Gasol who will undoubtedly steal some of his offensive touches. Finally, Bynum isn't going to play 30+ minutes a game as he did before the injury because the Lakers will most certainly be extra cautious with him heading into the playoffs. 

LA's biggest goal for Bynum upon his return is to get him back in the flow of the offense and try to build some chemistry between he and Gasol. Bynum's knee injury was a big blow to fantasy owners and derailed the young center's season just as he was peaking. In six January games, Bynum was averaging season highs across the board putting up 17.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while shooting a sparkling 70% from the field. Although Bynum impact on the remainder of the 2007-08 fantasy season will be minimal, he will enter the 2008-09 campaign as one of the top 5-10 centers in fantasy basketball.

1 comment:

Farid said...

Perfect post, man. I don't see Bynum having any value this season either.