Let’s face it. The Sixers making the playoffs is a very long shot. 10 games under .500 is not ideal and the schedule is only getting tougher. So I’m looking ahead. My first thought here is, who would I keep on this roster?
Now mind you, this isn’t really aiming at a championship core. This is just players that I would keep to fill in whatever role I want them to fill. Here are the players I wouldn’t mind keeping around:
Those are the guys that I wouldn’t be upset if they stuck around. Let’s talk about each one. Jrue is obviously the star and Thad is a key cog in the championship run. While Wright has been cold (the whole team has been cold though), I see some things in him that I like. Not sure why, but I want him on my team. Lavoy is not a starter and shouldn’t be getting starter minutes. But, I do see him growing into a valuable backup PF/C. So keep him around.
Jeremy Pargo seems to be fine for a backup PG although Sixers should keep their eye open for a better player. And Evan Turner has been way too inconsistent to be considered a star that we were hoping to see. But, when he’s rolling, he does provide that “do everything” guy. He can rebound, pass, and when he wants to, he can defend. And you need guys like that. He’s no Iguodala, but as a 3rd or 4th best player, I think he can work. Keep him.
There’s one name missing from the list. You are probably waiting to see where I go with this. Should the Sixers keep Andrew Bynum? As the season has progressed, I went from “You have to” to “I don’t know” to “Probably not”. I mean, Bynum exploded last season to become the 2nd best Center in the league. And while he can play, the problem is, can he play?
I feel like Bynum shouldn’t get a max contract. Quite frankly, he hasn’t shown that he is a max player. There are too many years on that contract and while Bynum may be only 25, he’s been in the league since 2005. His knees have mileage on them. How much more can he take?
Some say he doesn’t even care for basketball. Collins has said Bynum isn’t close to returning. I’ve seen some question the team ownership for hiding and/or not being fully honest about Bynum’s situation. I quit. I quit trying to figure it out. Instead, I’m going to go with what I do know. What I do know is that Bynum hasn’t been healthy during his career. He’s said himself that even if he plays, he’ll be in pain. I imagine that he’s been playing in pain for a long time.
So, with this info, the only way I would be comfortable bring Bynum back for another contract is on a 2-3 year and at least $10 million. I know; it’s crazy. But I’m not in the mood to take a risk that seems like, as the days go by, is more of a bad risk. But if Sixers won’t max him, there’s a team out there that will probably take the risk. A desperate team that sees him as the last piece to shoot them into contention.
So, Sensors, who would you keep on this current roster and why?