Ranking Andrew Bynum Among Most Disappointing Trades in Sixers History
The Philadelphia 76ers have won the third-most games in NBA history and have won three NBA championships. However, there have been numerous disappointing trades during the Sixers' storied history of winning.
The 76ers recent trade to acquire Andrew Bynum has been very disappointing to the Philadelphia fan base, but by now Sixers fans are used to being let down with their team's trades. Although management cannot be blamed for the Bynum trade and some of the other disappointing trades, fans have still suffered the consequences of these moves.
The common factor with all of these trades has been the Sixers front office's rush to make a change rather than waiting for the right offer.
These five trades have helped shape the history of the Sixers franchise in one way or another.
5. Chris Webber Trade (2004)
Sacramento Kings Received: Brian Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson
Philadelphia 76ers Received: Chris Webber, Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley
This trade was a great move by Billy King and the Philadelphia 76ers front office to acquire Chris Webber for some average players. However, Webber rarely lived up to the expectations of Sixers fans.
Webber was supposed to be the guy that helped Allen Iverson and the Sixers finally win a championship, but Webber proved to be damaged goods.
Webber was acquired at the 2004 trade deadline and helped the Sixers make the playoffs as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers then lost to the Detroit Pistons in just five games, and the Sixers failed to make the playoffs in Webber's final one-and-a-half seasons in Philadelphia.
Webber was not an awful player during his time with the Sixers, but he was not good enough to make the Sixers a championship contender.
4. Allen Iverson Trade (2006)
Denver Nuggets Received: Allen Iverson and Ivan McFarlin
Philadelphia 76ers Received: Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two first-round picks in the 2007 NBA draft
Although the Iverson trade was not an awful one considering the position that management was in, it marked the end of a great era of Sixers basketball.
The Sixers actually went 29-26 after the Iverson trade, compared to 5-21 before the trade. However, the Sixers have yet to recover from losing its superstar player. In fact, Iverson is still the last true superstar to suit up for the 76ers.
It's tough to blame management for this trade, but this was still a very disappointing trade for the Sixers fan base.
3. Andrew Bynum Trade (2012)
Los Angeles Lakers Received: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark
Orlando Magic Received: Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, the Sixers' future first-round pick, Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts, the Lakers' 2017 first-round pick, Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, the Nuggets' 2014 first-round pick
Denver Nuggets Received: Andre Iguodala
Philadelphia 76ers Received: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson
The Andrew Bynum trade gave Sixers fans hope for the first time since Allen Iverson was traded back in 2006. The Sixers finally had the star that the fan base had been craving for so long, but Bynum's knee injuries have put that on hold for now.
The most frustrating thing about this trade is that the Sixers may get essentially nothing back for Andre Iguodala. Again, management can't be blamed for not settling for mediocrity. Nonetheless, this trade is very disappointing to Sixers fans starving for a competitive team.
2. Wilt Chamberlain Trade (1968)
Los Angeles Lakers Received: Wilt Chamberlain
Philadelphia 76ers Received: Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff
Anytime a team trades one of the best players to ever play the game it is likely going to be disappointing. However, this trade was even more devastating, as the only player that the Sixers got in return that made an impact was Archie Clark. In addition, Wilt Chamberlain went on to win a championship with Jerry West and the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972.
Although Wilt was certainly past his prime, he still averaged 17.7 points and 19.2 rebounds per game for the Lakers from 1968 to 1973. The Sixers seem to have a trend of trading their franchise player and receiving very little impact players in return.
1. Charles Barkley Trade (1992)
Phoenix Suns Received: Charles Barkley
Philadelphia 76ers Received: Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry
This is not only the worst trade in the history of the Sixers franchise but also one of the worst trades in the history of the NBA. Essentially, the Sixers traded one of the 50 greatest players of all time for Jeff Hornacek.
Charles Barkley went on to win the MVP award in his first season playing for the Phoenix Suns. To make matters worse, the Sixers did not make the playoffs for four consecutive seasons after Barkley's departure. Although the Sixers were put in a tough spot due to Barkley's trade demands, the front office still should have landed more than the crop of players that were sent to Philadelphia in this trade.
The Charles Barkley trade is the worst of the trend of Sixers trades that sent star players elsewhere for little to nothing in return.