May 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) dunks past Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Andrew Bynum Trade Breakdown Part Three: 76ers Are Close to Contending

I guess ya’ll are gonna get on my case for being “negative”, right? Look, getting Bynum was huge. HUGE. But, they need one more major piece: A consistent scorer. A perimeter scorer. That’s what we need. Now, the Sixers added some shooters in Nick Young and Dorell Wright and part of the Bynum deal gave us Jason Richardson who can also hit the 3-ball. Jrue Holiday has shown improvement too.

But again, who’s going to get the ball? Bynum is a big that can score, don’t get me wrong. But, we need something outside too. Will it be Jrue? Maybe Evan Turner will finally break out? Or do we need another trade in the future?

Bynum is on his last year on his contract. If he stays healthy this season, he’ll probably demand a max salary. Sixers have set themselves up with all of those short contracts and they’ll have cap space. Don’t forget Birds rights. Anyway, Sixers are in a spot where they only have one year to convince Bynum that staying with the Sixers will be worth his while. The Nets lost out on Howard for now and they may still be eying Bynum for next summer.

In any case, there’s risks in getting Bynum. Don’t forget his knees. I’m pretty sure he’s never played all games in a season (I would’ve said 82 games but last season taught me some things). Sixers won’t be doing much with an injured Bynum. But, let’s say he’s playing all 82 games (we have to make this assumption). The Sixers will still need to get that scorer.

This is a young team. A team that has potential to grow. If the roster stayed the same for two more years, the Sixers could seriously be considered to win it all. Turner is going to improve. Jrue is going to improve. Nick Young could turn into the scorer we need. Moultrie’s a player that can play the PF spot and be solid. Only about 3 players will be in their 30’s in 2 years. This team is young and yet have a bit of experience.

So even if we don’t need the scorer, we still need time. And at this point, I’m willing to wait it out. For the first time in perhaps a decade, the Sixers will no question be one of the best teams in the league. This isn’t to be confused with last season’s surprise. Last year’s team over achieved. This year, not being in the top 4 in the east is an underachievement.

So that’s my breakdown. Let’s do this Sixers!

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