When it comes to Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers have been found guilty of putting all of their eggs into one basket.
In fact, they serve as the perfect precautionary tale for GMs around the league: Don’t bank your franchise’s success entirely on one player.
It wasn’t supposed to go down this way.
After receiving Bynum and Jason Richardson in a four-team deal, the 76ers were considered one of the winners of a deal that shook up the entire landscape of the NBA.
Although the price tag was certainly high—giving up Andre Iguodala, Nik Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and a future first-round pick—the Philadelphia front office believed it was receiving one of the top two centers in the league with Bynum.
Seven months later, the 25-year-old is still yet to suit up for the 76ers. Something that won’t happen anytime this season, or likely at all, after it was announced that Bynum will undergo season-ending surgery. (via CBS Sports’ Ken Berger)
With Bynum set to become a free agent over the summer, it’s safe to say that Philadelphia’s gamble was a bust.
However, there’s no harm in having one player who single-handedly makes his team better. Heck, pretty much all 30 teams in the league have such a player.
But if that team’s success relies solely on that specific player, that’s when a problem arises.
That’s where the 76ers went wrong.
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