The decision over whether the Sixers made the correct choice in trading for Andrew Bynum has been hotly debated especially after the way things panned out, but hindsight is always 20/20. Even so, the decision to trade for Bynum shows that this ownership group is not content with just making the playoffs and knows what needs to be done to build a legitimate championship contender. No doubt, the Sixers team last year was a very solid team and would have made the playoffs this year and maybe even made it out of the first round with improvements made by everyone's MAP (Most Adorable Player) Jrue Holiday. However, with Andre Iguodala dominating the ball we don't know if those improvements would have been made. If the Sixers had kept the core together during the last year could they possibly be pulling off what the Pacers are doing?
The team that would be presumably playing if not for the Bynum trade would consist of Holiday, The Extraterrestrial , Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Lou Williams, Elton Brand, Nick Vucevic, and possibly Jodie Meeks or at least a player similar to him. They would be the same grind it out hard nosed style that the Pacers are now making famous. The problem for the Sixers is that they don't have the mismatches that the Pacers have. In fact, the Sixers lineup would play perfectly into the hands of the Heat.
Spencer Hawes isn't exactly Roy Hibbert, and while if he got playing time Nik Vucevic could be a serious problem on the glass for the Heat the other matchups would be no problem for them. Andre Iguodala is in essence, a poor man's LeBron James. The same can be said about Lou Williams and Dwayne Wade, and Thad Young and Chris Bosh. The X factors in the series would be the play of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, just as for the Pacers it's been George Hill and Lance Stephenson. If Jrue and ET could put together some clutch scoring performances the Sixers certainly could steal some games, but LeBron James has shown that he can carry his team to victories even against such a strong opponent like the Pacers. And the Sixers would not dominate the game down low in the paint the way the Pacers do and simply could not keep pace with the Heat.
Unless the Sixers get lucky and end up acquiring the next LeBron, Kobe, or Kevin Durant in the draft there is simply no way they'll compete in the Eastern Conference. Jrue Holiday is a spectacular player but he is not one of these players and he more than likely should be the Robin to another star's Batman. With teams like the Cavs and Wizards on the rise and the Heat, Pacers, Bulls, Knicks, and Nets already with stars in the fold the Sixers only chance at becoming contenders may lie in resigning Andrew Bynum. The other hope appears to lie in another Andrew, Wiggins. However, the best the Sixers can do is have a 25% chance at drafting him, than hope they get the top pick, and then again hope that he turns out to be the player he's projected to be. We've seen what a dominant big man can do to even the best teams in the league and with a solid #2 option in Jrue Holiday the Sixers could develop a real contender with Sam Hinkie surrounding those two with role players through the draft and free agency. Bynum is the way to go.