THERE’S NO CRYING in THE NBA

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/09/13 11:53 am EST

Now that multiple 76ers players have joined Andrew Bynum on the team’s injured list, head coach Doug Collins has started to suggest his depleted roster is the reason this team is struggling through a down season.

Well coach, injuries are part of the game and until this past week, you only had one key player from your lineup miss significant time.  Thus it’s hard to justify the injury excuse as the reason behind the Sixers disappointing season. 

So let’s stop making excuses and find a way to win because you’re being paid millions of dollars to lead this NBA team to victories not to whine about the suddenly injury plagued roster that you helped build.

If you look at the Sixers’ Atlantic Division rival, the Boston Celtics, one would find evidence that clearly teams in the NBA can win a few games here and there even without their star player.  In fact, the Celtics are now 6-0 in their games since  Rajon Rondo tore his ACL against the Atlanta Hawks on January 25.  The reason for their recent success?  Boston has incredible depth at the guard spot ever since they brought in Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa this offseason.

The Sixers on the other hand have very limited depth on their roster and now that injuries have become a factor, this glaring fact is killing the team.

 

 

When the organization shipped Andre Iguodala out for Andrew Bynum (basically), they added an All-Star center to a lineup of three-point shooters and, penetrating guards and Thaddeus Young.  However, when bringing in a dynamic yet injury prone center, the Sixers front office – or Collins depending on who you believe is in charge of personnel moves – did not bring in an appropriate back-up for Bynum.  Nor did they assemble a backup plan in the event that the injury prone Bynum was to unexpectedly miss significant time in 2012-13.

Without Bynum, the 76ers roster consists solely Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young, the frustrating Evan Turner, a string of streaky three-point shooters and the inconsistent Lavoy Allen, as well as two overpaid and uncoordinated bigs in Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown.  That roster clearly is not good enough to win a championship.  Many would argue that it is not even built to compete at a .500 level in the Association

While Jrue Holiday is an All-Star and it’s well-deserved, he’s needed a backup for two years now.  This year the 76ers decided to back him up with Royal Ivey, Evan Turner and a string of 10-Day contracts.  With limited depth and talent at the point guard position, Collins has no choice but to play Jrue 35+ minutes night in and night out.  Eventually Jrue is going to run out of gas.

Next let’s look at the three-point shooters on the Sixers.  Nick Young, Dorrell Wright and Jason Richardson, are streaky shooters at best and very suspect on the defensive end.  It would have made sense to bring in a relatively competent defensive stopper on the wing.  Preferably one that’s better offensively than Damien Wilkins.  The Sixers chose not to add that type of player to the roster this past summer.

The front-court is a disgrace and it’s become painfully obvious that Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown are not worthy of the almost $20 million they are receiving collectively over two years.  So Collins & Co. failed on these interior roster moves last summer as well.  

When the Sixers put together their roster this season, they chose not to add depth.  That’s incredibly irresponsible for a team who’s major move in the off-season brought them an injury prone franchise center and an aging shooting guard with balky knees.  Thus, Collins needs to stop complaining about the Sixers’ string of injuries this week and look at the roster he and the front office assembled this past summer. 

That’s where the blame for the miserable 2012-13 season the Sixers are experiencing belongs. 


 
 
 

4 Responses to “THERE’S NO CRYING in THE NBA”

  1. Steve Toll
    9. February 2013 at 22:13

    It’s everyone’s fault except CP3-2.0

  2. Quinn
    10. February 2013 at 07:11

    Not sure it makes sense to compare the Sixers’ situation to a team that has 2 healthy HOFers in their starting lineup. The Celtics’ streak is about more than Lee, Terry, and Barbosa. The comparison would work better if Boston had traded Garnett, nobody that they received in the trade was playing, and then Pierce got hurt.

  3. Jake Fischer
    10. February 2013 at 11:15

    Quinn,

    It was a little far-fetched of a comparison, but they still had viable pieces as a back up plan. This Sixers team clearly had one back up plan if Bynum couldn’t play a whole season: put the entire city of Philadelphia on Jrue Holiday’s shoulders and let him carry the team. But, that’s clearly not enough day in and day out. They needed a more viable bench and they didn’t have that. This roster is clearly built around Bynum with no back up plan at all. That was terribly irresponsible to the team’s fans like you and I.

  4. Paolo
    11. February 2013 at 14:19

    Jake,

    The idea was to build a team around Bynum while not depleting all resources in case Bynum didn’t work out. If they spent money on second tier back-up players, they’d be stuck in mediocrity for the foreseeable future. The idea is to try and make a big impact acquisition to push this team to the next level. If we had an elite center protecting the rim, and getting 20 and 15 every night (opening space for our shooters at the same time), we’d be a completely different, much more efficient team. The trade was a good move, but it so far hasn’t worked out for obvious reasons. Not the end of the world, as we still have enough room to go after an elite player next season. I’d like to give Bynum an opportunity to get healthy, but we’ll see what he looks like when he debuts in a few weeks.

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