The Youngest Player in the NBA Andrew Bynum Gets Some NBALOUD Love. Plus, T-Mac and Yao Get Freaky for Houston
so far in the NBA season failed to mention an eye opening development for a certain player in a storied franchise from Los Angeles. Readers of NBALOUD meet Andrew Bynum who at 17 years, eight months and two days was the youngest player ever to play for an NBA franchise last season a record that surely will never be broken now there is a minimum age requirement for the league. Bynum is still the youngest player this season and so far has been a revelation.
Bynum is averaging 13 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while establishing him as the centre of the present and future for the Lakers.
Here are some more numbers for young Andrew:
Date of Birth: October 27 1987
Height: 7-0 (2.13 cm)
Draft: 2005 (10th overall) picked by the LA Lakers
Andrew will also perhaps go down in history as the last high schooler to be drafted in the NBA after the league changed its eligibility laws. Bynum nominated himself for the draft due to the very fact that the NBA has mandated that any draftees are to be at least 19 years old, thus ensuring that the majority of their citizens would have at least one year of college under their belts.
The University of Connecticut was supposed to be his destination but NBA riches were a bigger lure. Who in the right mind wouldn’t take the NBA option over university? Show me one person who says otherwise and NBALOUD will show you a liar.
As the above mentioned statistics would attest Bynum is having a fine beginning in regards to his second season and in the match against Minnesota a few days ago Andrew had the impressive numbers of 20 points and 14 boards.
Working with Kareem must be paying off.
Moving towards league news today the Dallas Mavericks remain winless for the new season and are in dire straits with a 0-4 record. This opening losing streak is the worst start in franchise history and what is most shocking is that this Dallas team is the very same outfit that came within two wins from an NBA title last season. Those days earlier this year must seem like an eternity now.
Phoenix is also struggling with their own poor record going down to the San Antonio Spurs 111-106 in overtime. Steve Nash aka Stevie Wonder is still having a magnificent season but his team just can’t get over the hump. What is most perplexing is that last season without their most talented player in Amare Stoudemire they managed to go deep into the playoffs. Now, with Amare back they have lost their mojo.
Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady combined for a deadly 1-2 punch to lead the Houston Rockets to another victory. T-Mac dropped 32 and Yao scored 23 when both players are firing the opposition stand little hope of getting the win.
Toronto def. Philadelphia 106-104
Washington def. Indiana 117-91
Orlando def. Seattle 88-87
NJ def. Utah 96-89
Boston def. Charlotte 110-108
San Antonio def. Phoenix 111-106
Houston def. Milwaukee 97-93
NY Knicks def. Denver 109-107
Portland def. LA Lakers 101-90
LA Clippers def. Dallas 103-85
Sacramento def. Detroit 99-86