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Andrew Bynum raises the stakes for Holiday, Turner

Aug 16, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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Andrew Bynum is just one piece. I like that piece, I like the direction the 76ers are going.

But as the double teams start loading up on Bynum fast and he gets better at passing out of them (a skill he needs to work on) it just puts more pressure on everyone else. The other guys need to step up, make the extra pass and knock down the shots. This is still a team game no matter how good your center is.

Which is to say — Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, you need to step up your games, also.

Holiday and Turner and the likely starting backcourt in Philly next season and coach Doug Collins kept talking about what an opportunity this is for them to “Opportunity” is coach speak for “if you can’t do this we will find someone who can.”

“It’s going to give (Turner) more opportunity. If you look at last year, we had four guys who wanted to finish games — we had [Lou Williams] and Evan and Jrue and [Andre Iguodala],” Collins said. “Evan is going to take a great step leadership-wise….

“I think Evan knows what opportunity is there for him,” Collins said. “Just think about it — last year Evan was our best rebounder. This year he could arguably be our third or fourth-best rebounder. That would be amazing because with the big guys on the boards you can get out more and go with it.”

Look for Jason Richardson to start at the three (and Spencer Hawes at the four) with Nick Young as the gunner sixth man. It’s a lineup that has potential.

For the backcourt, this is their opportunity. If they can’t make it work, we know the Sixers want to keep Bynum so everyone has to fit around him.

  1. thestudiokida - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Yeah okay, I’ll buy in. I’m interested to see how Doug Collins handles Bynum as well as how Bynum handles the spotlight. Collins getting a handle on this team is no sure bet… seems like every season there’s a crisis early on and everybody says Collins has lost the locker room. Anyway, good luck with that!

    • mytthor - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Seems like that every of the 2 seasons he’s been there, huh? Must have been that early season crisis last year, when they started 20-9, their best start in 11 years. Are you just making this stuff up?

  2. spellingcopfather - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Yea sixers should be real good this year, i say better then last year….anyway look for me at the Spurs at the sixers game, i wish the sixers well just not against the Spurs!!!

  3. money2long - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    even turner needs to stay consistent and he’ll be fine. check his boxscore numbers, when he is on he is an amazing talent. unfortunately, he disappears some games, and that even lead to him losing a starting spot at some point. but i hope he figures it out. the key to success to this league is consistency.

  4. bassstuf - Aug 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I think a very important comment here is glossed over:

    “Evan is going to take a great step leadership-wise”

    Even though Bynum is the star, I think its going to be Turners team…he give the team swagger, somebody who wants the ball end of the game…he is not afraid to get scrum, giving the team the attitude it lacked last year. I also remember Iguodola talking about Turner always trying to be motovating and positive towards Iggy, which I think will benefit Bynum.

  5. ppdoc13 - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    While Bynum is not Dwight Howard, I would venture that this trade helped the sixes more than the lakers. Andre Ig is a very good ball player. However he was the oldest of a number of sizer swing players. He was without question their best defender in that group. With Bynum they now have a really imposing front court with Hayes and Bynum which should really open up the outside. Teams will no longer be able to dare the sixes to shoot from the outside because of a much stronger inside presence. The only thing I worry about is Doug Collins. He is now in year 3 I think and that is about when burn out starts to set in. No one has ever questioned his coaching ability. It is his ability to stay for more than 3 or 4 years to get the job done.

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      Et is by far their best rebounder. Collins talks about how he has finally come back home to Philly, but I do agree that now they can look to go inside more now than settling for rim clanking jump shots!

  6. sasquash20 - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    The Sixers are going to walk away with the division this season. Having Bynum opens everything up. Not having the overrated Iggy also opens up things. Holiday and Turner will take that next step. They form one of the biggest back courts in the league and should learn to play together and only get better. They are 22(Holiday) and 24 (Turner), they are only going to get better. The Sixers needed to move Iggy to see what these 2 guys can do. Iggy needed the ball too much and didn’t really know what to do with it.

  7. drunkenjunk - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    i still don’t see Hawes as a 4.

    • tcclark - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      He’s as much a four as Gasol is. In fact, Spencer Hawes is nothing more than a poor man’s Pau Gasol. he will compliment Bynum really well. He’s a talented passer and outside shooter (when he’s on). He’ll keep other bigs out of the paint and be able to dish the ball inside when the defense closes out on his outside shooting.

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        Hawed isn’t really known for keeping other guys off of the boards

  8. sk1llz187 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    1. jrue
    2. richardson
    3. turner
    4. hawes
    5. bynum

    6. ivey
    7. nick young
    8. wright
    9. thad young/lavoy allen/moultrie
    10. kwame brown

    • tonystrong - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Sounds like a team out in the first or second round tops!

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        That’s what they said last year before we knocked off the 1 seed

    • bassstuf - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      1. jrue
      2. richardson
      3. turner
      4. hawes
      5. bynum

      6. Turner/Ivey (Ivy probably 3rd option)
      7. nick young
      8. wright
      9. thad young/lavoy allen/moultrie
      10. kwame brown

    • philadelphiafan - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Thad will be the first one off the bench every game for Hawes. Also I think Richardson starts at SF. Theres not a lot of minutes to go around for the bigs. I just hope LaVoy gets the playing time he earned after the playoffs last season.

  9. stikolaboloni - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Skillz nailed it

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