BYNUM: I'M READY FOR NBA
By BRIAN LEWIS
June 25, 2005 -- Andrew Bynum's AAU coach, Larry Marshall, said his star center is assured of being a lottery pick in the NBA Draft on Tuesday and that the league's 19-year-old limit is unfair to teens.
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said Bynum, who was recruited by the Huskies, is getting bad advice from his advisors and that turning pro out of high school is a mistake the 17-year-old may regret.
Somewhere between the two lies the truth.
"People told me if I worked hard, got in better shape, I'd be [in the lottery]. I discovered they were right. I'm sure I'll get the opportunity," said Bynum, a 7-foot, 280-pounder who averaged 22 points, 16 boards and five blocks for St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J.
Bynum's stock skyrocketed after he dominated the McDonald's All-American game, and after a league-wide workout at Baruch on June 4, he was confident enough in his lottery status to cancel last week's workout for the Nets.
He impressed the Blazers (No. 3) and Lakers (No. 10), and Isiah Thomas says the Knicks might pick him with the No. 8 pick. But most mock drafts have him going much lower and he wasn't invited to the lottery or Chicago pre-draft camp.
"There are people around him that want him in the NBA," Calhoun said. "He's a bright kid and a great student; he just needs to be advised a little better. He doesn't have to be taking a chance with this."
Bynum, who doesn't have an agent, says he'll play for UConn if he doesn't go in the Top 14. But the team that drafts him will keep his rights through 2008 and he will be locked into that salary slot. Last year's top pick got $10.4 million over three years, a late first-rounder received just $2 million.
"There's not a lot of 5s and he has an NBA body," said one Western scout. "Whoever drafts him, and I see why they would, is drafting upside. He'd be a lottery pick if he went to UConn. I wouldn't say it's a mistake. A risk? Yes."
Bynum, who will surpass Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal as the youngest player drafted, wants his chance.
Concerning the highlighted I have a question. I know if you don't have an agent you can go back to school, but I thought once you kept your name in the draft that was it. You couldn't go back to school.
I guess I was wrong because this article is saying otherwise.
If so, why don't more players do what Bynum is doing? If you don't get an agent and if things don't work out the way you hoped go to school and improve your game.
I think agents are blood suckers and not worth the money they make. Why do you need an agent when you are a rookie and locked into a pay scale?
If I got an agent he would only get paid when he brought in added money for commercials and such, thats it. He wouldn't get a dime from NBA contracts I signed. I would have a lawyer look at them, but other than that why pay out the money?
I remember when Ray Allen signed his last contract he didn't use an agent. I don't know if he's using an agent now.
Anyone know anything about NBA contracts?