It appears the Los Angeles Lakers will not be adding any other major pieces to their team. Therefore, internal development will be essential for the Lakers to improve. The most likely player to develop into a star is Andrew Bynum.
Player Name: Andrew Bynum
Current Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Ideal Position: C
Hometown: Plainsboro, New Jersey
High School: St. Joseph
2008-09 $2,769,300 (Team Option)
2009-10 $3,771,786 (Qualifying Offer)
Originally committed to play college at University of Connecticut; Was the youngest player ever to be drafted; Has worked closely with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; On November 7, he became the youngest Laker to post a double-double; McDonald's All-American.
Improved greatly at getting a good angle at the basket offensively; Quick feet; Great hands; Great size for NBA center; Huge physical presence; Great mobility; Effective baby hook, especially going to the right; Reportedly has a 33' vertical and 7’3” wingspan; Generally has an aggressive mindset offensively in the paint.
Does not explode well to the rim; Very raw; No range on his jump shot; Needs more post moves in his repertoire; Passing out of the post is poor; Court awareness on defense needs work; Anticipates poorly on defenses, specifically when wings have beaten their respective defenders and then get to him before he has a chance to properly react; Needs to become more active defensively; Lateral movement on defense is weak.