If you watched the Rockets play the Lakers last year you might think that Bynum hated the Rockets, and that the fans hated him as well. It’s been reported that Bynum has said if he doesn’t resign with the Lakers and becomes a free agent this offseason his first choice will be the Houston Rockets. Finally. A superstar player actually wants to be in Houston.
Bynum has also put the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks on his list, but his first choice would be to play in Houston. Andrew is still very young at 24 years old. He’s a 7’0, 285 pound beast in the post. Offensively Bynum is the most skilled center in the NBA and has the potential to become the best all around center. He is now the featured player in the Lakers offense in the post, surpassing Pau Gasol. He can back you down, shoot over the top, dunk over you or use his finesse and strength to get passed you. He has a devastating hook shot and is money anywhere in the paint.
Last season with the Lakers he had his best year of his NBA career. In 60 games he averaged 18.7 points on 55% shooting, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2 blocks in 35 minutes a game. Last season he also made the All-Star team for the first time and was voted in by the fans a starter. He helped carry the Lakers to the playoffs. In 12 postseason games Bynum averaged 16.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes a game. The Lakers ultimately lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Semifinals in 5 games.
Bynum is only 24, but has tons of experience. He’s played for the most popular team in basketball for 7 years, made 6 playoff appearances, a two-time NBA Champion and an All-Star. Who wouldn’t want a player with all those credentials?
Houston has a ton of cap space and could offer Bynum a max deal to make him one of the highest paid players in the NBA. This could be one reason why Andrew would want to play for the Rockets. The other could possibly be because he wants to be the main guy on a team. He’s already a very skilled big man, and with Head Coach Kevin McHale being one of the most skilled post players in NBA history, he could help make Bynum the most dominant player in the league. If he does come to Houston i guarantee you sooner or later he will be in the gym with Rockets hall of famer Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem is the most skilled center to ever play the game. Bynum could learn a lot from him and take his game to the next level. Howard might be the best overall center right now, but Bynum is coming for his spot fast. Hopefully he makes his way to Houston before anybody realizes it.