Main acquisition – Andrew Bynum
Main loss – Andre Iguodala
The Sixers have been in desperate need of a go-to superstar since Allen Iverson was sent packing to Denver. The Brand experiment failed and although Iguodala had his moments, he fits better as a complementary player and became a forced star in Philly.
Enter Andrew Bynum. His introduction into the world of the 76ers couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Fans chanted his name as he entered the National Constitution Center yesterday, and he told the ecstatic crowd, “My first experiences here have been so great, I’m really leaning toward making this my home.”
Bynum has shown flashes of dominance the past couple seasons, but his temper tantrums and inconsistent play have tainted a lot of his production. The Lakers were hesitant to name Bynum their number 2 after Kobe, but in Philadelphia, he’ll be expected to be the number 1. He’s definitely a much-needed presence in the Philly frontcourt, but as the face of the franchise, I’d be a little worried. It’s a step in the right direction attaining a top-level big man in a league where they come at a premium, but still just a step. Could they have gotten more out of Iguodala? Probably not, so it’s hard to not like the move. Jason Richardson also joins Bynum in Philadelphia.
Acquisition Grade – B+