Finally, the Sixers had a true superstar, which is necessary to win an NBA title.
We know the story.
Bynum didn't play a single minute all season with knee injuries, then signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason.
The Bynum experiment is over and all Sixers fans got from the deal was some bowling jokes and bitterness.
It was a noble pursuit by the former regime. Former General Manager Tony DiLeo, a principal architect in the Bynum debacle, was shown the door. Head coach Doug Collins left on his own. Even CEO Adam Aron stepped down.
It was time for a total rebuild and that Herculean task was charged to Sam Hinkie, who previously worked in the Houston Rockets organization.
Hinkie went underground after his hire. There was no talking to the media after his introductory presser and draft prep was the reason.
Without a coach, Hinkie stunned the NBA when he shipped All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Nerlens Noel, probably the No. 1 pick in the draft had he not torn his ACL in the winter, and a top-five protected pick in next year's draft. The 2014 draft is more loaded than a Microsoft executive's portfolio.
Philly also took point guard Michael Carter-Williams with their own first- round choice.
Hinkie decided not to spend any money on free agents. He littered the roster with possibilities, not certainties and took on no significant income. The Sixers' roster is the worst in the league in terms of talent.
With Andrew Wiggins looming as a franchise No. 1 pick in the next draft, plus another possible lottery pick, buckets of money to spend next season and plenty of available positions to fill, the Sixers are certainly not playing for this season.
"The ownership here and the people in this organization have a real commitment to build something lasting and to build something big," Hinkie said on draft night. "That won't come overnight."
Are the Sixers tanking? That's a strong word. Does Hinkie have a long-term plan that involves throwing these rookie cornerstones into the fire quickly? Yes.
After gutting the roster and leaving a Triple-A NBA team in place, who could/would Hinkie find to coach this team?
Brett Brown was an assistant for years under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs. It was reported on draft night that Brown was Hinkie's choice. Hinkie refuted it, then, two months later, gave Brown a four-year contract to guide the 76ers, a mere four months after Collins bailed.
"We all know the pain of the rebuild is real," Brown said at his introductory press conference. "There needs to be patience."
Lots, and lots of patience.
2012-13 Results: 34-48, 4th in Atlantic Division; Missed playoffs
ADDITIONS: HC Brett Brown, G Michael Carter-Williams, C Nerlens Noel, G Tony Wroten, F Royce White, G James Anderson, F Tim Ohlbrecht, F Arsalan Kazemi. G Darius Morris, G Khalif Wyatt
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE:
PG- Michael Carter-Williams SG- Darius Morris SF- Evan Turner PF- Thaddeus Young C- Spencer Hawes
KEY RESERVES: F/C Lavoy Allen, C Nerlens Noel, G Jason Richardson, F/C Arnett Moultrie, F Royce White, G James Anderson, F Tim Ohlbrecht, C Kwame Brown, G Darius Morris, G Khalif Wyatt
FRONTCOURT: This is the strength of the Sixers, if you really want to call it that.
Turner, Young and Hawes are the most veteran 76ers. They are the three leading scorers among returners and were just behind Holiday in scoring last season.