Apr. 7, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 125-105. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Old Faces In New Places: Andrew Bynum


 

Old Team: Philadelphia 76ers

New Team: Cleveland Cavaliers 

Role: “It’s complicated”

Best Case Scenario: Obviously, the “it’s complicated” tag is because he still isn’t completely healthy. Bynum talked with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer a few days ago, and to make a long story short, he basically said he’s optimistic, but doesn’t have a return date set. I don’t know if that’s good news or not, but at least he hasn’t haven’t suffered any setbacks — which brings us to our best case scenario for Bynum this upcoming season.

Basically, he just needs to return (obviously) and remain healthy. Bynum has only played one full season in his eight-year career. After that, his next highest games played in a season is 65 (once). We’re not going to get into points or rebounds with Bynum, that would be unfair.

If Bynum can somehow play, let’s say, 66 games? That’s a win, a huge win.

Worst Case Scenario: His worst case scenario would be to miss another season, or any extended time (more than 40 games). There was once a time (3 years ago) when Bynum was in the conversation for the best center in the League. Then, injuries began to derail his career. If he could avoid any significant injuries, specifically ones that pertain to the knee, that would be avoiding his worst case scenario, despite what anybody says.

What Will Really Happen: It’s almost impossible to predict how players will comeback from injuries, especially significant ones. Bynum missed all of the 2013 season, knee’s are nothing to joke around with. Bynum could be done, or he could comeback better than ever. Sometimes, we just don’t know. We just have to wait and see.

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