The Philadelphia 76ers are a franchise rich in history, tradition, and success, but they have also made some terrible trades. Out there that can forget the decision to trade Wilt Chamberlain, one of the best big men the game has ever seen? Or how about the awful Charles Barkley deal? We’ll rank those and a few others based on the Sixers’ loss in these transactions and the impact the outgoing players made in their new homes.
These are the top 5 worst trades in the History of the 76ers
5. Bruce Bowen to Chicago, Larry Hughes and Billy Owens
The Sixers traded Bruce Bowen to the Chicago Bulls, Larry Hughes and Billy Owens to the Golden State Warriors, and acquired Toni Kukoc. Yes, Bowen spent half a season in Philadelphia before becoming one of the league’s best perimeter defenders and winning championships with the San Antonio Spurs. Although he only played 7.4 minutes per game in 42 games and was released by the Bulls after the trade, Kukoc was a flop. Leeds didn’t mesh well with Allen Iverson, so he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks and Theo Ratliff in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo. In 80 games for Philadelphia, he averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. On the other hand, Bowen was named to the All-Defensive First Team five times and the Second Team three times. Also, he led the league in 3-point shooting in 2002-03 while winning the first of three championships.
4. Andre Iguodala to Nuggets, Nikola Vucevic, and Moe Harkless
Sixers acquire Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and Jason Richardson from the Magic in exchange for Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, and Moe Harkless. The Bynum transaction was a colossal flop. The Sixers were hoping that Bynum would be the guy to help them build on their surprising success in the 2012 playoffs when they were one win away from the Eastern Conference finals as a No. 8 seed. After all, he averaged 18.7 points and 11.7 rebounds while playing for the Lakers and was an All-Star in 2012. Bynum suffered knee injuries while hanging out in bowling alleys, and he never played for Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Richardson would only play 52 games for the Sixers in three seasons due to injuries. In Orlando, Vucevic developed into one of the league’s best centers before being traded to the Chicago Bulls, while Iguodala was named Finals MVP with the Warriors in 2015.
3. Wilt Chamberlain to Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark, and Darrall Imhoff
Number three on the list is Wilt Chamberlain. He has traded to the Lakers in exchange for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark, and Darrall Imhoff. You don’t just trade Chamberlain after he just won the NBA title in 1967. He averaged a dominant 27.6 points and 23.9 rebounds for the Sixers. He was an All-Star for the whole of his career in Philadelphia. Then he went on to have similar success with the Lakers. Even though Chambers did not even suit up for the Sixers due to military service. While Clark and Imhoff were solid, they weren’t Chamberlain. It’s a shame that deal fell through because Philadelphia could have had a dominant run in the East. Okbet Online Sportsbooks have the best odds and most betting options.
2. Moses Malone and Terry Catledge
Moses Malone and Terry Catledge are traded to the Bullets in exchange for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson. Also, a few years after winning the title in 1983, the Sixers were still an excellent team. They still had vital players from the championship team in Malone and Julius Erving, and they had recently drafted Charles Barkley. They then decided to send Malone to the Washington Bullets in exchange for him.
The players they obtained were not wrong. Ruland was an All-Star big man for the Bullets. But he was injured and barely played for the Sixers, and Robinson was nothing more than a role player. And it was one of the league’s most lopsided trades.
1. Charles Barkley to Suns for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry
The Sixers send Charles Barkley to the Suns in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry. Hornacek was not a bad player, far from it, but he was nowhere near Barkley’s level. Barkley was one of the game’s best players regardless of position, and he led the Sixers into the post-Erving and Malone era. To put it in perspective, the Sixers went 26-56 without Barkley in 1992-93, while he went on to win the MVP award and lead the Suns to the NBA Finals. That alone demonstrates how terrible this trade was. It is, without a doubt, the worst trade this franchise has ever made. Okbet has you covered whether you’re looking for the best NBA odds for upcoming games or futures odds for the NBA Championship and player awards.
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