Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Philadelphia 76ers. The center was named an All-Star and an All-NBA selection for the first time in 2012. Bynum was an All-American player in high school before he decided to forgo college and enter the 2005 NBA Draft. He was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers, and he became the youngest player ever to play an NBA game. Bynum missed significant time due to injuries, but he played hurt in the playoffs as the Lakers won two NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. He was traded after the 2011-12 season from the Lakers to the 76ers as part of a four-team deal that also sent All-Star center Dwight Howard to Los Angeles. Bynum was born in Plainsboro, New Jersey. His parents, Ernest Bynum and Janet McCoy, divorced when he was one year old. He spent summers visiting his father in North Carolina.