The Future of the Sixers

February 26th, 2013 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Basketball, General, Sixers, TalkSportsPhilly, Twitter.

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With 28 games to go the Sixers are currently 22-32 and 4 games back of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However, it seems like it is a lot more then just 4 games. As a fan I have come to terms with the fact that if this teams does decide to make a miracle push and get into the playoffs, even with a healthy Andrew Bynum, they will be eliminated in the first round. So with that being said, what should the future bring for the Sixers? Lets start off with the biggest question of them all:

Andrew Bynum

Some people are going to agree with me and others will not, but I would not resign Andrew Bynum. I understand that he is a great player, but in order for him to be that great player he needs to be on the floor and not on the bench because he is injured. This team has been irrelevant since the year we went to the Finals which is unacceptable. I don’t want to hear that they are rebuilding because I am sorry if it takes a team 12 years to rebuild and they still can’t be a winning team something is wrong there. Bynum will only hold this team back from being a true contender because of his inability to stay healthy. Lets just say he re-signs and we make the playoffs next year as a top 3 team in the East, and in that very first game of the playoffs his knees act up and he has to sit out for the rest of the playoffs, then what? Other then Jrue there is not another player on this team who can carry us to a finals appearance or even a Eastern Conerence Finals appearance, and we all see how Jrue carrying the team has worked out this season. Instead of re-signing Bynum to a ridiculous contract, I say we go after a Al Jefferson and then with the money left over that was going to go to Bynum we fill out the roster with better players then Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins, Kwame Brown, should I go on?

I love Bynum and loved what he brought to the Lakers, but I am sorry that is something I do not want to wait to find out if he can bring us with the risk of going down at any given time. I am tired of waiting to win, I want to win now.

Evan Turner

Evan Turner has taken a lot of heat for being the 2nd pick in the draft and not living up to the hype, now I am one of those people who don’t like his game but not because of him being a “bust”. First of all I would never call a guy who is putting up 14 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg this season a bust. The truth is the Sixers recieved a great draft pick in a horrible draft class, with the exception of DeMarcus Cousins who else was there for us to take? I was one of the people who wanted Cousins, but I also didn’t mind Turner. When a player is picked that high people expect him to a be a superstar like Kevin Durant, but I look at it a different way. If that guy can contribute and help a team wins then what does it matter if he is scoring 14 ppg or 30 ppg? Again that is just my take on it.

Would I get rid of Turner? It depends, the guy is very inconsistent but he is probably a guy you can get for a little cheaper then most guys out there who put up the same numbers. The only way I would move him is for a big man or a better defending version of him. I would be open to a sign-and-trade deal in the summer that involves both Bynum and Turner. But to just get rid of him like a lot of people say is absurd.

Nick Young

I am a fan of Nick Young, I think he is a nice complement to Jrue offensively because he is a guy who really doesn’t need the ball in his hands to get a shot off because he does a pretty nice job of that on his own. Like most streaky shooters some nights his shot is on and some nights his shot is off. Young is a guy who can shoot you into a game and can also shoot you out of a game, but in this offense that can be controlled. When he is hot you continue to feed him, because any basketball fan knows that when this guy is hot he can drop in 30 on a given night. When his shot is off you stay away from him. If you hold Nick to around 10 shots a game I am completely ok with that.

I do not mind Nick Young staying on this team, even as the starting shooting guard if a better one doesn’t come along. I think he is a nice spark and his shot creating ability is something that never hurts. For the right price, yea I would keep him.

The Bench

This bench is horrible, Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins, Kwame Brown, Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Pargo are not typical bench players who see playing time in “good” teams. These are guys you would see when you are up or down 20 late in the game. Last year this bench was filled with Lou Williams, Thad (I understand he starts now, so he is an exception), Evan (for half the season), Jodie Meeks, we had one of the best benches in the league with two guys in Lou and Thad who were in the Sixth Man of the Year race. This season we don’t even have a steady bench because we are rotating guys in and out of the starting lineup. Dorell Wright is a guy who sees playing time one game and sits the next two. Lavoy and Spence go back and forth from starting to the bench. Our three main guys are Jrue, Thad, and Evan and there is just no help around them which is why we are exposed and embarrased on a lot of nights. Go back and watch that Clippers game, it was like watching a pick up game between the varsity and jv squads in highschool. When Jrue goes out, we have no flow to the offense, when Thad goes out there is no energy.

This summer a lot of changes need to be made to this bench, just like there was this past summer.

The Remainder of the Season

Like I stated in the beginning, this team has no hope if they make a miracle run for the playoffs. They will get bounced in the first round by the Heat, and also would hurt themselves more then just being embarrassed by the Heat. The reason I say this is if the Sixers make the playoffs this season they will not have a draft pick because of the Arnett Moultrie trade in this years draft. We traded a protected first round pick to the Heat for him. And that doesn’t go just for this year, it is like that the next three seasons (unless we would make the playoffs this year or one of the next three years). So I think that the best thing for this team is to just continue to lose games and increase their draft lottery chances of acquiring a top pick in this years draft which has potential to be solid. I personally wouldn’t even bring Andrew Bynum back on the floor. He doesn’t even sound happy or proud to play for this team, and can you blame him? Now, I still think that he should be talking about his return in more of a team fashion instead of being all about himself, but that is his personality. Right now the Sixers sit at 11th when it comes to worst record in the league, but aren’t to far behind from jumping up a nice amount of spots. I hate to say it because I love this team and hate to see them lose, but it is time to pack it in.

 

Do you agree or disagree with me? Or have any comments of your own? Let me know by tweeting me at @samshipley5

 

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