The fact that Andre Bynum is not going to be playing in the near future is okay. And you probably already know why: It gives the Sixers a chance to learn how to play without him. Look, I really wish Bynum was playing. I want to see Sixers wins. It’s less likely we’ll see 50 wins with Bynum playing only 50 games (Don’t worry; he’s NOT slated to miss 32 games).
The timing for Bynum and the team is good. The Sixers were able to use training camp and preseason to learn how to play without Bynum. Consider a different scenario where the Sixers are in January and they learn Bynum’s out for the season. Now this team has to adjust to playing without their star. And to me, I think it’s better for the team to have to adjust to bringing a star into rotation than adjusting from star to no star.
At this point, the Sixers know how to play well in a bad situation. We saw in the preseason games how well the team was able to shoot, defend, and just play good basketball. And the best part about this was that there was a hole on the floor. Yes, the hole is a good thing. Bynum should be able to fit in without causing a big period of adjustment.
So how good are the Sixers without Bynum? I think it would be more of what we’ve seen the past decade: .500 basketball. This team without Bynum may or may not make the playoffs. The team with Bynum could make the top 4 in the East. Chemistry didn’t seem to be a big issue during the preseason games. The offense looked great. No, the team didn’t look like they were together for a decade. But, you could tell it could work. The roster is well put together.
Most of the players on this team were here before Bynum. This means that, in a sense, the front office and coaching staff thought they could do something with this roster. Granted, Iguodala is better than anybody on the roster right now, excluding Bynum. But still, this roster was already built before Bynum’s arrival so it’s not really a big surprise to the team I would think.
So the Sixers are not screwed right now for not having Bynum in the sum of two reasons: 1) The team gets an early chance of learning how to play, and play well, without their star. 2) This team was technically built with Bynum not even being thought of.
I believe that the Sixers will be able to incorporate Bynum into the offense and defense more quickly than they would have to adjust living without him on defense and offense. And that’s why I believe that not having Bynum right now is a good thing.