Are you officially done with Andrew Bynum? It would be understandable. The guy hasn’t even set foot on the court yet and he’s suffered another knee injury. Does it make it any better that the injury occurred while bowling? No, but Bynum actually has a point when he said “I’m kind of taking the position of, if that happened bowling, it would’ve happened jumping. I don’t see anything wrong with going bowling.”
That makes sense, and may be one of the more sane responses we will get from Bynum until he returns to the court. I fully expect him to rapidly achieve new levels of craziness the more questions he has to answer about the status of his ailing knees.
At this point I really don’t think you should drop Bynum. The numbers he put up in LA last season should be enough to persuade you, but also factor in just how much this Philly team was planning to rely on him and your decision should be even more clear. The middle of January isn’t that far off and if your team can’t tread water until then, or you simply don’t have the patience for someone who does this with their hair, then you should still be able to get some value for Bynum, even if you have to include him in some sort of package. But until I hear that he’s going to miss more time I wouldn’t even consider dropping him. Trading him, sure, but dropping him and getting nothing of value for someone who, when healthy, has the capabilities to be the best offensive center in the game? Not for me.
Now on to some quick notes.
* Yes, Alexey Shved is an actual NBA player, and, surprisingly, he’s actually pretty polished on the offensive end. With Brandon Roy making sure that Andrew Bynum knows who has the worst knees in the NBA, there have been more opportunities of late for Shved, and he has produced. It’s tough to tell who is going to be standing once Minnesota has their full lineup healthy, but for now Shved is a worthwhile add for those looking for help at the SG spot.
* Is Ersan Ilyasova ok? Did someone run over his dog before the season started? Did the Greeks invade Turkey? Does he think that for Thanksgiving we are actually going to eat his country? These questions, as farfetched as they may seem, are not nearly as inconceivable as the fact that Ilyasova went from one of the most dominant forces in fantasy basketball last season to a guy who doesn’t warrant quality minutes for the Bucks. It’s not even like he’s getting screwed out of playing time because when he is on the floor he just flat out can’t put the ball in the basket to save his life. And his rebounding, usually the bread and butter of his game, has all but disappeared. The time has come to cut the cord in most leagues, although he does deserve to be watched like a hawk on the waiver wire in case he decides to wake up anytime soon.
* The Washington Wizards front court is an absolute mess right now. The same could be said for the entire roster, but the front court is the only place – other than AJ Price – where there will be any production until John Wall comes back. Emeka Okafor was benched on Monday night and the main beneficiary of that would seem to be Kevin Seraphin, but he didn’t exactly wow anybody with his performance. I would look to Trevor Booker, who contributed solid numbers when given the opportunity next year, to step up.
* Paging Eric Gordon. Eric Gordon…
* I’m absolutely out of my mind about Eric Bledsoe. I love everything he does. Chauncey Billups is going to eat in to his minutes once he returns, but Bledsoe is a momentum swing waiting to happen whenever he’s on the court. He can do it all on both ends of the floor, which is amazing considering he’s barely (not) six feet tall. If the Clippers were ever to trade him, or Chris Paul went down for an extended period of time, then Eric Bledsoe would be a top 10 PG. That’s right, if Eric Bledsoe got starters minutes he would EASILY be a top 10 point guard. If you project his stats on a 30 minute per game basis, he would have averages of 16.6 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 spg and .8 bpg. #FreeEricBledsoe
* Andrei Kirilenko’s resurgence gives us the chance to remember that he and his wife have an “agreement.” Be a little wary of Kevin Love’s impending return, but with the way AK47 has been playing there is no reason that he won’t continue to log heavy minutes (36.1 mpg) even when Love gets back on the court.