Andrew Bynum, center:
Making it through the season without a major knee injury should be grounds for a celebration in Lakersland. He’s had enough injury problems to last a career, and he’s only 23. Don’t imagine for a minute that the Lakers will give him up in a trade, even one for Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. His forearm shiver to the chest of Dallas’ J.J. Barea, his ejection, his five-game suspension for the flagrant foul and his $25,000 fine for yanking off his jersey and stalking off the court notwithstanding, 2010-11 was a step forward for the 7-footer. Getting stronger, increasing his rebounding and blocked shot totals and playing 82 games should be his goals for next season. There’s no reason he can’t do it. He sat out the season’s first 24 games after having knee surgery last summer, but he goes into this summer healthy, with no surgeries or rehab needed.
Stats: 54 games, 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 blocks.
Next: Derrick Caracter.