Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Since I'm an admitted homer for the Philadelphia 76ers, let's start with Andrew Bynum, the Sixers' shiny new acquisition from this summer's four-team Dwight Howard blockbuster.
For the past few years, Bynum has worked his way up to becoming the second-best center in the league, trailing only Dwight Howard.
This season? If Bynum isn't the first true center on your draft board—Kevin Love doesn't count—there's something seriously wrong with your rankings.
Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, when he had to compete with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for offensive touches. With the Sixers, he'll be the clear, unquestioned focal point of the offense, which should make averages of 20-25 points, 11-14 rebounds and two blocks per night within realistic reach.
He's not nearly as prolific a shot-blocker as Howard, but for those in roto leagues, he holds one clear advantage over the Lakers' new franchise center: free-throw shooting. Howard couldn't even hit 50 percent of his tries from the charity stripe last season, while Bynum knocked down nearly 70 percent of his free throws.
Long story short, Bynum won't cripple your free-throw percentage like Howard, and should produce somewhere in the same range of points, rebounds and blocks. Bynum should be a lock for a top-10 pick, if not top-five.
Draft range: Top five to 10 picks (first-round lock)
Draft him over: Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Josh Smith