As the season is coming to a close, the news of Doug Collins inevitable departure from the Philadelphia 76ers is not surprising. Many have expected this or at least insisted it should happen. Collins was unable to adapt and succeed after Andrew Bynum never played a minute in a 76ers uniform. However, it was not his fault that the Bynum deal blew up in the organization’s face. To be honest it really isn’t the owner’s fault either. Was the deal really a bad deal?
Yes Adam Aron has taken a lot of heat, mainly because he is the one on social media, but you cannot really blame him or Collins for what became of Bynum. By the numbers the 76ers clearly were the losers of the four-team deal that sent Andre Iguodala to Denver, Dwight Howard to Los Angeles and Bynum to Philadelphia.
Iguodala is averaging 12.9 points a game and 5.3 rebounds a game. He is also playing with a team that is third in the Western Conference standings. Nikola Vucevic, who the Magic acquired from the 76ers in the trade, is also averaging 12.9 points a game. He has a few more in the rebound department with 11.9 rebounds per a game. Bynum has a clean crisp zero across the board in all categories.
The 76ers did not know that Bynum wasn’t going to play, or at least that is what they say so you have no choice other than to go with it. At the time, many in the city of Philadelphia were ecstatic about acquiring Bynum. The 76ers were finally getting the true big man they needed. Slowly, disgust and the feeling of betrayal replaced that excitement. I will admit I had similar feelings but when you look back at the situation and the season, it just seems ridiculous.
Bynum was brought in to solidify a very rocky spot in the paint. He did not pan out and the 76ers moved two players that ended up having productive years. The problem is that you know exactly what you will get out of Iguodala every year. The fans in Philadelphia have been demanding he be shipped out for years now. They got their wish. There was no way that ownership knew Vucevic was going to be the type of player he is. Not when he was only given 15 minutes a game and the odd love for Spencer Hawes.
Vucevic did let the 76ers know what they missed out on in the final two games against his former team. He had 14 points and 17 rebounds in their last meeting and had 12 points and 19 rebounds in the game before that.
Statistics may say one thing but can you really compare anything if one of the big players in the deal never plays? No, you have to pick whether or not to be angry at the fact that the 76ers made the deal. You should not be angry though. From what I gathered getting rid of Iguodala was inevitable and wanted by most. I for one was very happy to get Bynum and knew there was a chance of complications because of his history, mental and physical.
I do not know if the team would have been that much better if Bynum had come back. But they definitely would have been improved. That does not mean that they would have played anymore for Collins though. There is still a chance that the organization will offer Bynum a contract. If that is the case, hopefully they will know exactly what the deal is with his knees before making any decisions.
Regardless of what has happened, a healthy Bynum is still a dominant force down low, which any team would love to have. That includes the 76ers.Tags: Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bynum, Doug Collins, Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Spencer Hawes