During our 2nd Fear the Podcast, JRowan (Justin) led a group of 4 other guys: NonDairyKreemer (George), WitMi (Mike), BenMiller (Ben) and myself (also Ben.) What you are a reading is essentially a collective thought process from the group. This was written to give you a rough overview of what transpired at a particular segment (for those of you who aren't as into the podcast thing...or who are interested in specific segments.) You may notice a theme were certain ideas are rehashed based on stuff that's already been said here. That should come as no surprise because...we've already done some of this.
What can we realistically expect from Andrew Bynum? That answer is tough to come by because (as WitMi points out) we really don't have reliable medical information. When healthy, he's one of the best (if not the best) low-post, isolation player in the league. Is 50 games a good realistic number? What about a minutes projection? Would 1000 minutes fit your taste instead? Ultimately, we weren't able to come to a clear consensus...and that's about as realistic as you can get. I'd certainly be fine with a 50-60 game contribution. (There will be a similar discussion later in the podcast as well as in a different fan post over this particular aspect of the topic.)
We are paying him (at a minimum) Luke Walton money...which is not a terrible thing for a guy with his potential. A potential that is phenomenal when healthy...not like "rookie potential." He is a proven NBA Veteran player (despite being only 25.) Is there a real downside to this signing? Kind of. His signing means that we won't have the kind of cap space we had last year when we raped Memphis last year. Although the way that this Bynum deal is set up, it could still sort of be used as cap space (team option for next year means it's essentially an expiring deal.) But the risk vs the reward is actually quite disproportionate in this case.
Another concern (aside from health) are of course the well known maturity issues. He can play downright dirty at times...which is terrible (but almost always less terrible when he's on your team.) Ben Miller (in particular) thinks he won't play at all, and he's OK with that. While he didn't directly say it, (I have said it elsewhere) this was basically a move to increase ticket sales. The hype of Bynum is real...because his NBA ability is real. From there, it comes down to fan expectation.
As Justin pointed out, could he be an actual stop gap at the center position? I mean, if rumors are to be believed, Tristan Thompson has packed on quite a bit of muscle (as well as grown a couple of inches) this year and is starting to expand his game to look a lot like Al Horford. If this is true, then we use Bynum for this year (and potentially next year) to buffer the time frame that it takes for TT to adjust to playing in that role. If this is true, suddenly the Anthony Bennett pick doesn't look so questionable.
What do you think FTS?