Philadelphia 76ers: Why Andrew Bynum Will Fail in Philadelphia

Charles BennettSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first period while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Many people are applauding the trade that sent Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia for Andre Iguodala.  I'm not one of them. I think that the trade will prove to be a large boondoggle owing to several quirks in Bynum's playing style.  Here are four reasons why Bynum will fail in Philadelphia.


Leadership/Team Carrying

In short, Bynum can't do it (although, to be fair, he hasn't had to much of the time).  As a No. 1 or No. 2 option in Los Angeles prior to the Pau Gasol trade, Bynum's teams were mired in first round exits. 

During the Lakers' championship seasons in 2009 and 2010, Bynum was often benched in the fourth quarter in favor of Lamar Odom.  Even this last season, Mike Brown sat Bynum for almost an entire half owing to him stupidly jacking up a three-pointer.  

When the Lakers needed big plays from Bynum, all too many times they would get missed shots, turnovers or stupid fouls instead.  Bynum has a career 2.9 turnovers per 48 minutes, which is awful for a non-guard.

Compared with Iguodala, Bynum has much, much less of a head for the game.  



There's an argument to be made that Bynum is one of the most inconsistent players in the history of the NBA.  Granted, he can have periods where he'll explode for 15 to 20 rebounds or 25 to 30 points in a single contest.  But those periods have yet to last an entire 82-game season.  

Bynum has yet to finish in the top 10 in rebounds or put up 1200 points in a full-length season.


Oh, and the fact that he made the All-NBA Second Team last season isn't a testament to his skill; it's a testament to how weak the NBA has become at the center position. After all, Andrew Bogut made the All-NBA Third Team in 2010! 

If Bynum had those numbers in the 1980s or 1990s, there's no way he'd be All-NBA back then.



In his first six seasons, Bynum played in only 332 games out of a possible 492, meaning he missed about one out of every three games in each season but the last one.  His main ailment?  Chronic knee injuries.

Chronic knee injuries ended the careers of Greg Oden, George Mikan and numerous other big men. They could very well end Bynum's as well.


Supporting Cast

Bynum has been most successful when surrounded by a cast of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.  The 76ers don't have Kobe Bryant; they have Jason Richardson, Nick Young and Evan Turner to man the shooting guard position.  On a good day, the three of them combined are about as good as Kobe.

The 76ers had a halfway decent power forward in Elton Brand, but they unceremoniously dumped him this offseason.

Without Kobe or Pau to take the pressure off, Bynum won't be successful at all.

In short: A Philadelphia 76ers team built around a lynchpin of Andrew Bynum is destined for failure.