Fantasy Basketball: Does Andrew Bynum have any value left?

Last season I was forced to auto draft one of my Fantasy basketball teams and unfortunately ended up with then Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum in the first round.

Dec 26, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum (21) against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Needless to say you could probably figure out how my season went, even though I was proud of the fact I made the playoffs despite getting no production from my first-round pick.

Entering last season, Bynum did have first round value attached to him and it is almost amazing how far he has fallen in such a short time frame.

Now that he has officially signed a deal with the Indiana Pacers, you have to ask the question of whether or not the 26-year old former All-Star has any fantasy value left?

That answer is likely no.

While it is true that Bynum may help the Pacers, adding even more size to their already impressive frontline, he won’t do much to help out your fantasy team.

The biggest issue is thee will be a lack of minutes as Roy Hibbert and David West will still get the majority of the minutes up front handed out by Pacers’ head coach Frank Vogel.

Truthfully it could be a long while until Bynum even works himself into the 20-25 minute range.

Bynum also is behind Ian Mahinmi on the depth chart so I can’t see him making any sort of impact.

If you are in a keep league and want to stash Bynum just in case he ends up somewhere next season where he can make an impact, that’s one thing, but adding him to your team now makes very little sense.

Also keep in mind his lack of motivation and the fact that he played in 24 games for the Cavs, averaging only 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

The Pacers signing Bynum is a risk as adding a personality like his to the best team in the NBA already is a roll of the dice.

But at the end of the day, this move was done more to keep Bynum away from the Miami Heat than it was to really impact the Pacers the rest of the season.

No matter how things work out the rest of the season, Bynum’s chances of becoming fantasy relevant again are slim and none.


 

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Fantasy Basketball, Indiana Pacers

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