The Philadelphia 76ers sold the farm this off-season for some magic beans that haven’t been delivered yet. When Philly acquired Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers, Sixers fans were seeing trophies, rings and banners. However, all they’ve seen from Bynum so far are some goofy-looking haircuts. But Philadelphia was good before Bynum even came to town, so why are they struggling so much now? Bynum is a big guy, but he’s not a distraction that keeps the team from performing at least as good as it did in 2012. How can the 76ers be fixed?
For starters, Bynum needs to get healthy on instantly put up points and pull down rebounds once on the floor. He’s expected to return in early February, but he’ll be expected to be the main guy from Day 1; the Sixers literally don’t have time to wait on him to adjust as they’re currently 10 games under .500 with the NBA All-Star break drawing near.
In the meantime, the 76ers need to start feeding the ball to Evan Turner, who was a dynamite scorer in college and last season in Philly, but for some reason he’s disappeared in 2013. That could be, in part, because Jrue Holiday is trying to carry too much of the scoring load by himself. 76ers head coach Doug Collins needs to get Holiday to start dishing more often, which includes more cuts from Turner as well as more plays to get him the ball in space, to coin a football phrase.
The 76ers aren’t broke–they just need some tweaking and if Collins can’t figure that out, then no one can.