The 76ers Stay or Go results are in, and after reviewing the votes it is safe to say that followers of the franchise want to see the Sixers make some serious changes next season.
The team is in a different place than they were an offseason ago, after they surprisingly pushed the Celtics to seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After the impressive playoff performance last season, the team was met with excitement and enthusiasm, which was only amplified by the blockbuster trade that brought Andrew Bynum to town.
After the disaster that the past season developed into, however, that enthusiasm has turned into anger and irritation, with fans begging for a roster retooling, beginning with Bynum.
Not surprisingly, roughly 77 percent of voters do not want to see Bynum back on the Sixers’ bench next season. His inability to get healthy enough to hit the hardwood, coupled with his offcourt missteps and lazy demeanor has caused Bynum to wear out his welcome in Philly without so much as playing a single second. With little assurance that he will ever return to form, ownership would be wise to listen to the majority and make no effort to re-sign him this summer.
Based on the polls, Bynum is far from the only Sixer that the organization should send packing this summer. Evan Turner, according to voters, should join Bynum on his way out of town. Almost 60 percent of voters have grown tired of the former second-overall pick. Turner has shown flashes of excellence but is extremely inconsistent and has struggled to find his role in three seasons with the team. Still young and very talented, Turner could be an excellent fit with another franchise, and will likely be the topic of trade talks throughout the summer.
Just as voters do not want to see Bynum return, they really do not want to see Kwame Brown, one of Bynum’s intended backups, in Philly next season. Roughly 95 percent voted in favor of letting Brown walk, representing the highest percentage for any player. Unfortunately, Brown’s contract includes a player option for next season, and assuming that no one else will want to pay him three million dollars to do anything, the Sixers may be stuck with him.
The team may be stuck with injury-riddled Jason Richardson (nearly 67 percent go) as well, as it is difficult to imagine any team taking on the six million dollar contract for the aging athlete.
Apparently one season with the Sixers was also enough for sharp shooter Nick Young, as 73 percent voted that he should not return. Young is a free agent this summer and, based on the nature of his skill set compared to the current needs of the team, it would be surprising to see him back with the 76ers next season.
The same logic could be used for four other players who fans no longer want to see with the Sixers, or are indifferent about. The contracts for Charles Jenkins (nearly 83 percent go), Royal Ivey (82 percent go), Damien Wilkins (roughly 44 percent go) and Justin Holiday (55 percent go) expire this summer and each player is easily replaceable at their position. The Sixers may retain one of these guys for value or veteran leadership, but none of them are crucial to the future of the franchise.
Despite the desired changes reflected in these Stay or Go results, responders did want to see some of the current roster retained. People voted vehemently in favor of bringing back current franchise cornerstones Jrue Holiday (95 percent stay) and Thad Young (92 percent). Holiday, who has developed into an all-star, is the de-facto face of the franchise, while Young is the team’s most polished all-around player. Both have bright futures with the team and, unless Young is moved this summer in order to open things up for free agents, expect to see them both starting for the Sixers next season.
The majority also wanted to see more from Arnett Moultrie (90 percent stay), who received minimal minutes under coach Doug Collins. Moultrie, who was a first-round pick in 2012, has plenty of potential, and many feel that he can develop into a Josh Smith-type of talent. Obviously, Moultrie did not play enough to give us a decent idea of what he can do and his development will benefit from increased exposure next season.
In addition to Holiday, Young and Moultrie, the voters were also not done with Dorrell Wright (60 percent stay). Wright’s fluctuating playing time last season was criminal. He can serve as an excellent scorer and a solid defender. Though Wright is no longer under contract, it wouldn’t hurt the Sixers to keep him around.
Even with their inconsistencies, voters thought enough of Spencer Hawes (62 percent stay) and Lavoy Allen (55 percent) to want them back on the sidelines next season. Although lost-looking at times, Hawes possesses the skill set to be a solid backup center and, considering he is still under contract, it would be surprising if he were not with the Sixers next season.
Based on these results it is clear that the franchise’s faithful feel that changes need to be made for the Sixers to find success next season. While some of the current crop, mainly Jrue Holiday and Thad Young, should be retained, a major roster makeover is in order. Based on the responses, a payroll that doesn’t include an always-injured Andrew Bynum is a good start.