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Andrew Bynum
Andrew Bynum
Position: -
Born: 10/27/87
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:285 lbs. / 129.3 kg.
Earnings: $73,460,260 ($98,227,829*)
Pippen also joins current Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in giving their support for the Kings, after the pair shared their own videos earlier in the series. Again, Curry and Thompson may be diehard Kings fans, but they are also former teammates of Andrew Bogut – part of the team’s ownership group – as well as current Kings import Ian Clark, both of whom were part of the Warriors’ championship dynasty from 2015-2017. Others who have shared their support for the Kings include former Kings players who are now in the NBA – Didi Louzada and Jae’Sean Tate – as well as former Kings coach Will Weaver, former NBA lottery pick Thon Maker, Sydney Swans player Jake Lloyd, and Super Netball team the NSW Swifts.
Before the Lakers’ game against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 28, 1997, Bryant decided to take a nap. “I was excited,” the then-rookie told The San Bernardino County Sun. “I was thinking about it and visualizing it. It helped me go to sleep.” Twenty-five years ago, at 18 years, 5 months and 5 days old, Bryant became the youngest player to start an NBA game, a record that still holds. He replaced former Atlanta Hawks small forward Bill Willoughby, who previously set the record during the 1975-76 season, in the record books when he stepped on the court at Reunion Arena. Bryant’s former teammate and Laker Andrew Bynum is the youngest player to play in an NBA game, a record he set when he came off the bench at 18 years and 6 days old.
The two best centers when it comes to defending without fouling are Al Horford and Vucevic, and that has been the case each of the last few years. This season so far, Vucevic is averaging just 1.7 fouls per game, which for someone who plays as many minutes as he does in a starting role is not only rare, it’s potentially historic. Only two centers all time have started in at least 60 games, averaged a minimum of 33 minutes of playing time a night and committed 1.7 fouls per game or less, per Stathead. They are Mike Gminski, who in 1988-89 with the Sixers averaged 1.7 fouls and 33.4 minutes with 82 starts, and Bynum, who in 2011-12 with the Lakers averaged 1.7 fouls and 35.2 minutes with 60 starts.
Borrego liked the contrast of styles: the run-and-gun Nuggets against the behemoth Lakers, starting the Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum mega-frontcourt. Bynum averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game for the series, and put up a triple-double — including 10 blocked shots — in the Lakers’ Game 1 win. “A lot of our guys probably don’t even know Andrew Bynum,” Borrego said. The series was also incredibly physical. The offensive teams rebounded almost 37% of all misses, a mark that would lead the league today by a laughable margin. The teams combined for 47 offensive rebounds in the Lakers’ 96-87 win in Game 7; Gasol had six — all in a row — on one pivotal fourth-quarter possession. “Part of this is to show them what physical playoff basketball looks like,” Borrego said. “This is where we want to get to someday. Let’s study it.”