Andrew Bynum is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association(NBA) for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was in the 2005 McDonald's All-American game where he tallied 9 points and 5 rebounds. He originally planned to attend the University of Connecticut; however, the 17-year-old made the decision to godirectly into the NBA and made himself eligible for the 2005 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. On November 2, 2005, during the Lakers' season opener against the Denver Nuggets, Bynum played six minutes and became the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game at age 18 years, 6 days. In a game against the Miami Heat on January 15, 2006, Bynum matched up against former Laker center Shaquille O'Neal for the first time. Bynum scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds in 24 minutes against the Phoenix Suns on October 31, 2006, making seven of his eleven attempts from the field. During the 2006-2007 season, he appeared in 82 games and started 53 and finished the season with averages of 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, in just over 21 minutes per game. On October 30, 2008, he agreed to sign a 4 year, $58 million contract with the Lakers. Bynum set a new career high in scoring with 42 points to go along with 15 rebounds (8 offensive) and 3 blocked shots on January 21, 2009 against the Los Angeles Clippers. On August 10, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal which also sent Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala from the 76ers to the Denver Nuggets.