SleepersJune 30, 2005

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Sleeper Watch

By Arlo Vander

Let’s get one thing straight right away: Andrew Bynum is not going to be a fantasy contributor this year, and chances are he won’t make much of an impact in his sophomore campaign, either. If you’re in a single-season league, you can probably safely cross him off your draft lists right now and turn your attention to other rookies such as Channing Frye. If you’re in a deep dynasty format, on the other hand, he might just be worth a look.

Just as Bynum raised eyebrows by declaring for the draft instead heading of straight to UConn, the Lakers left some observers scratching their heads when they chose the 17-year-old seven-footer with the tenth pick of the draft, passing on instant impact players such as Danny Granger and Sean May. Bynum is clearly a project player, but the Los Angeles brass feels that given time, he’ll turn into a key piece of the team’s future.

As a senior at St. Joseph’s High School (New Jersey), Bynum averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots per contest. He has good mobility for a big man and the frame to succeed at the NBA level, but his skills are still extremely raw. As Ben Kearon mentioned in his pre-draft mock, he’s a high risk, high reward pick who could blossom into a very solid producer or wind up being a stiff. Yet good fantasy centers are always hard to come by, and if you can afford to devote a roster spot to a project, his potential might just make him worth the risk … and the wait.

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