As currently constructed, the Sixers squad has a plethora of big men with only so many minutes to spread around. At Center, they have Andrew Bynum
, Kwame Brown
, and Spencer Hawes
(though he will play mostly Power Forward for Philly this upcoming season. At the Power Forward spot, they have the afromentioned Hawes along with young Bigs Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie
with the always versatile Thad Young logging some minutes there as well. There is a way to help distribute these minutes more evenly and effectively, and it just so happens to be a trade.
Philadelphia Receives: Austin Daye
, SF Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons Receieve: Kwame Brown, C Philadelphia 76ers
Now before you get on me about it, I know Kwame Brown can't be traded right now. That is why I suggest we wait until the trade deadline. By then I think our front office will realize that we have too many bigs. Then the trade will make sense, heres why:
Why it makes sense for Philly: First off, you can never have enough shooting, especially on a team that revolves around a center that can command double teams; Austin Daye can shoot the blood out of the basketball. On top of that, the Sixers lack great depth at the Small Forward position. Daye is a player who has struggled to find a niche with his current Detroit team but had a strong summer league showing that leads me to believe that he can be a solid NBA pro.
Why it makes sense for Detroit: Detroit has an absolute logjam at the small forward position and it will be next to impossible for Daye to recieve consistent minutes on their current team. They have Daye, Corey Magette, Tayshaun Prince
, Khris Middleton
, Jonas Jerebko, and Kyle Singler
all competing for minutes at the Small Forward position. They also do lack a consistent Center that can play defense and grab rebounds outside of Andre Drummond
who doesn't look quite ready for big minutes at the NBA level. With that said, Brown would be a nice 2 year rental to give Drummond a chance to develop and provide a solid veteran prescence.
In three short years in the NBA, it's safe to say Daye has yet to meet expectations of being the 15th pick of the 2009 NBA draft. At 6'11 he presents great size for the 3 position. He isn't known to be a good defender but if he can bulk up and learn from a coach like Doug Collins than the sky is the limit for him defensively. If this trade were to happen, here is how I would see our depth chart looking.
PG: Holiday, Wayns, Ivey
SG: Turner, Richardson, N.Young
SF: Wright, Daye, T.Young, N. Young
PF: Hawes, T. Young, Moultrie
C: Bynum, Allen, Hawes
Though it wouldn't be much of an upgrade, it would be an upgrade nonetheless.
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