Spike Eskin: Nikola Vucevic As Marc Gasol, And The Bynum Trade By The Numbers
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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – I’m in a bad place with the Sixers right now.
They’ve lost 46 of 48 games (or something that feels like that), they can’t guard anyone, they can’t rebound, they can’t score, and their best player is walking on a treadmill and I’m supposed to be excited about it.
I like a lot of the players on the Sixers. I like Jrue Holiday because he’s becoming a star. I like Nick Young because well, he’s Nick Young. Thad Young has bulked up and works very hard. But man, they’re terrible right now.
Then, today, I was looking at Twitter, as I often am, and I saw an article posted from Grantland titled “Nikola Vucevic Could Be The Next Marc Gasol.”
And I was dead. The dagger in the heart.
The Nuggets are playing well, the Orlando Magic are surprisingly decent, and now Nik Vucevic is Marc Gasol?!
To be clear, I supported the Bynum trade at the time, and I still think it was right to take the chance. It may very well still work out to the Sixers benefit.
To be totally honest, I thought of Vucevic as a throw in. He wasn’t one of the players I was really concerned about.
With that said, here’s your depressing Sixers numbers for today. The totals from the Bynum trade, for the players the Sixers got, and the players the Sixers gave up.
Sixers got 319
Sixers gave up 996
Sixers got 47
Sixers gave up 230
Rebounds (we could use these):
Sixers got 118
Sixers gave up 674
Sixers got 18
Sixers gave up 85
Sixers got 40
Sixers gave up 91
Please, someone, make it better.