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What-if Scenario




Let's go back to December 19, 2006. Billy King has an offer on the table for Allen Iverson. Andre Miller, Joe Smith and picks. Before pulling the trigger, he calls up Mitch Kupchak. He offers this trade to Kupchak:

Allen Iverson for

Sasha Vujacic

Jordan Farmar

2 future 1st round picks.

The Sixers sit at 5-19. The Lakers, meanwhile, don't struggle during the season and feature possibly the best backcourt of all time. Instead of finishing at 42-40, they finish at 57-25, 3rd in the West. They win the NBA title by sweeping the LeBron-led Cavs. Back to the Sixers. The Sixers are dreadful, and end up finishing at 18-64, bad enough for the best odds at the first pick. Despite this, the Sixers get the 2nd pick while the hated Boston Celtics receive the 1st. On draft night, the Celtics, set at SF with Paul Pierce select Greg Oden and do not make the trades for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. The Sixers have an easy decision at 2, and select Kevin Durant. The Sixers head into the 2007-08 season with a lineup like this:

PG Jordan Farmar

SG Andre Iguodala

SF Kevin Durant

PF Reggie Evans

C Samuel Dalembert

Not great. The Sixers struggle and finish at 25-57. Durant wins Rookie of the Year. Greg Oden doesn't play all year. The Celtics suck again, putting out the same team as last. The A.I.-Kobe duo loses in the NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons, who, decide not to trade their key players the following season. The Sixers receive the 3rd pick in the draft, while the Celtics receive the 2nd and the Heat get the first. With the first pick, the Heat take Derrick Rose. The Celtics make yet another mistake and take Michael Beasley with the second, and the Sixers, needing a PG, pass on OJ Mayo, and take Russell Westbrook. In free agency, Andre Iguodala signs a 6 yr, 80 million contract with the Warriors, while Lou Williams signs a 5 yr, 35 million deal with the Clippers. The Sixers match both contracts, and have no money left to sign Elton Brand to a horrible contract. The Sixers starting lineup looks like this:

PG Russell Westbrook

SG Andre Iguodala

SF Kevin Durant

PF Reggie Evans

C Samuel Dalembert

The Sixers have a fairly successful season, finishing at 39-43, just squeaking into the playoffs as the 8th seed. They are beaten in 5 games by the LeBron-led Cavs, who go on to win the title by beating the Lakers who once again win the West. The draft's first pick goes to the Celtics, who give up on the Greg Oden experiment and ship him to New York for David Lee. On draft day, the Celtics take Blake Griffin. The Sixers, with the 15th pick, trade down to the 25th pick with the Mavericks, and take Taj Gibson. In free agency, the Sixers don't do much. The Sixers head coach, Mo Cheeks, signs a contract extension. Allen Iverson, who has been the Lakers point guard for 3 straight finals, considers retirement despite scoring 26 ppg and 8 assists with Kobe next to him. He decides against it, and signs a 2 yr/50 million deal with the Lakers. The Sixers, don't do anything more than sign a few bench players and head into the season looking like this:

PG Russell Westbrook

SG Andre Iguodala

SF Kevin Durant

PF Taj Gibson

C Samuel Dalembert

During the 2009-10 season, trade rumors swirl involving Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert. The Sixers, off to a red-hot start at 15-6, are rumored to be looking for an upgrade in the front court. Kevin Durant scores a career-high 48 points vs the Lakers and the Sixers win. At the trade deadline, the Sixers swap centers with the Cavaliers in a three team deal, acquiring Zydrunas ilgauskas, also sending Jason Kapono to Washington. Kevin Durant is second in the NBA in scoring and an MVP candidate. Russell Westbrook is averaging 17 ppt and 8 assists. The Sixers finish the season at 51-31, good enough for 3rd in the East. They face the Bucks in the first round, and beat them 4-2. In the second round, they face the Dwight Howard-led Orlando Magic. Many analysts have the Sixers as a sexy pick to win the title. Kevin Durant scores 45 and Westbrook scores 30, but Iguodala struggles with just 5 points on 1-12 shooting in a Game 1 loss. Dwight Howard bullies Zydrunas Ilgauskas, going off for 41 points and 23 rebounds. The Sixers win Game 2 and 3, as Durant dominates and Westbrook and Iguodala rotate playing Robin to Durant's Batman. However, the Magic take the next three. The Magic shock the Cavs, and win the NBA title by beating the San Antonio Spurs, who make a run to the Finals as a 7 seed. On draft night, rumors say the Sixers offer Iguodala and a pick to the Nets for the 2nd pick and Brook Lopez. The Nets decline, but the Sixers change the offer so that they are receiving just the 2nd pick. The Nets take the deal, and with the second pick the Sixers take Evan Turner. DeMarcus Cousins goes third to the Celtics, who are finally starting to get the hang of these drafts. In free agency, LeBron opts out of his contract. The Sixers talk to both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh about coming to Philly. They also talk to Joe Johnson, Amar'e Stoudemire, David Lee, and Carlos Boozer, seeming determined to make a big signing. Wade re-signs with Miami, wanting to win another title with Derrick Rose. LeBron James resigns with Cleveland and decides against the "Decision". The Sixers narrow their choices to Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer, and Chris Bosh. Boozer signs with Chicago, who is a struggling franchise led by Joakim Noah and Thad Young. The Sixers talk to Shaq at the last second, and sign him to a veteran's minimum deal. Bosh is then signed to a 4 yr/70 million deal. Johnson signs with Atlanta instead, while Amar'e Stoudemire signs with the Warriors. David Lee heads to Miami, who put together a not as good "Big 3" with Wade, Rose, and Lee. The Sixers have just enough money to sign Kevin Durant to a max contract extension. Questions arise though, about Russell Westbrook, who's contract is up next year. The Sixers head into the season as the favorites in the East. There starting lineup looks like this:

PG Russell Westbrook

SG Evan Turner

SF Kevin Durant

PF Chris Bosh

C Shaquille O'Neal

The 2010-11 season gets off to a rocky start. In the first two weeks the Sixers play the defending champs Magic, Lakers, and Cavaliers, leading to a 4-5 record. The Sixers go on to win the next 16 straight, the last of those coming against the Boston Celtics, who lose 8 straight and DeMarcus Cousins has to be restrained from Doc Rivers, who is fired following the game. Doug Collins is hired as Celtics head coach. The Sixers cruise through the season and finish at 63-19. Kevin Durant scores 32 ppg and is the MVP, just beating out Derrick Rose. Russell Westbrook is All-NBA 2nd Team, as is Chris Bosh. Evan Turner loses the ROY award narrowly to Cousins. In the playoffs, the Sixers draw the 8-seed Doug Collins led Celtics. The Sixers dismantle them, having no trouble with Blake Griffin and Cousins. Evan Turner proves he's the best rookie in the league, while Collins watches, amazed that Cheeks lets Turner play so much. The Sixers move on to a rematch vs the Magic. The Sixers go up 3-0, but lose the next two. Durant then scores 45 in a Game 6 victory. In the East finals, the Sixers take on the Heat. The Heat win the first two, but the Sixers win the next three. Rose hits a game winner in Miami, sending it to Philly, where the Heat shock the Sixers, as Durant struggles. The Heat go on to beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Shaq announces his retirement after the season. In the draft, the Clippers select Kyrie Irving, after not trading their pick to Cleveland. The Sixers trade their pick to Miami for Udonis Haslem. The NBA and NBAPA reaches a CBA deal and the season is played, all 82 games. The Sixers sign Russell Westbrook to a max contract. They use their remaining money to sign DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet, which the Clippers decline to match. Allen Iverson, meanwhile, had struggled with LA during the regular season, putting up a career-low 12 ppg, but in the playoffs he averaged more points per game than Kobe. He signs with the Knicks on a one year deal, and announces that it likely will be his final season. Carmelo Anthony, never traded to New York, signs a deal with the Nets. Chris Paul requests a trade. The Hornets accept the trade with the Lakers and Rockets, and the NBA does not veto the trade. Dwight Howard meanwhile, signs an extension with the Magic. Here's how the Sixers look:

PG Russell Westbrook

SG Evan Turner

SF Kevin Durant

PF Chris Bosh

C DeAndre Jordan

In the 2011-12 season, the Sixers dominate and finish with a 65-17 record. They roll through the playoffs and face the Knicks in the ECF, who, as a 6 seed, ride the hot hand of Allen Iverson. Iverson nearly single-handedly leads the Knicks to wins in Games 1 and 2, but come up short. The Sixers easily take care of the Knicks in Game 3, but lose Game 4. In Game 5, the Sixers trail 103-101 with 00.9 seconds left. The Sixers fake a pass to Durant, and instead pass it to Evan Turner who hits a series-winning three. As Iverson walks off the court, he is given a standing ovation by Sixers fans. Iverson announces he will retire. In the NBA Finals, the Sixers face the LA Lakers, led by Chris Paul. The Sixers and Lakers split the first six games, as Westbrook and Durant both dominate. In Game 7, the Sixers are tied with a minute left. Durant hits a three to take the lead. Westbrook gets a steal and slams in two. Kobe hits a three. On the inbounds play, DeAndre Jordan throws it away. Chris Paul gets it and dishes it to Kobe, who drives with 10 seconds left. He gets by Turner, and it looks like he has an easy path to the basket. But Chris Bosh comes out of nowhere at swats it away. Westbrook gets it with 5 seconds left. About to be fouled, he throws a half court pass to Kevin Durant, who runs in for a slam to seal the deal and his 40th point. The Sixers are mobbed. They are the 2012 NBA Champions.

This all happens if the Sixers don't make the trade sending Allen Iverson to Denver for tank killer Andre Miller.

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