There was a time when Andrew Bynum was something other than a bowling injury tricked out with a bizarre Afro.
There was a time, eight years ago now, when he was a meaningful draft pick, No. 10 overall, the Lakers selection after their worst season of the past 20 years.
Mitch Kupchak and company settled on the 17-year-old big man that June, and in doing so, they got something of a steal; of the nine players selected before Bynum, only two have been All-Stars: Chris Paul and Deron Williams. The top 10 that year was dotted with names like Raymond Felton, Martell Webster, Channing Frye and Ike Diogu (its okay, I dont remember him either), and then at No. 10, the Lakers found Bynum.
Its easy to forget now, as Julius Erving calls the trade that sent Bynum to Philadelphia last summer a bad deal and the center languishes, injured and uncertain, but that was a good pick. A really good one.
It would be an exaggeration to say that Bynum transformed the Lakers franchise, but he was a key p...