Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers officially hired
Sam Hinkie to be their new president of basketball operations and general
manager on Tuesday.
Hinkie comes to Philadelphia after eight years with the Houston Rockets, where
he served as the executive vice president of basketball operations since 2010
and was responsible for the Rockets' considerable and ground-breaking analytic
"I am very pleased to announce that we have named Sam Hinkie as the 76ers
president of basketball operations and general manager, which I believe to be
an important step in building a high-performance organization," said Sixers
managing owner Josh Harris. "Sam is a proven innovator and holds values that
align with those of our ownership group. Sam's experience, his judgment, and
his analytical approach make us confident that he is the right leader to build
a foundation for long-term success -- with the goal of ultimately contending
for a championship -- here in Philadelphia."
Hinkie's first job will be to hire a coach after Doug Collins resigned
following three seasons at the helm.
Philadelphia reached the playoffs in each of Collins' first two seasons,
including a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2012.
The Sixers went on to acquire center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers as part of a
four-team blockbuster deal in August of 2012. Bynum, however, never played a
game for the 76ers because of knee issues.
With Bynum on the bench, the Sixers struggled to a 34-48 mark this past
Philadelphia shipped out Andre Iguodala as well as rookie Moe Harkless and
second-year player Nikola Vucevic to acquire Bynum and Jason Richardson, whose
season also ended early because of knee surgery.
The Sixers are hoping that Hinkie's analytical skills will help turn the team
"Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander hired me to bring a data-driven
approach to their front office and general manager Daryl Morey allowed me to
flourish. I am so fortunate and grateful for the opportunities they both
afforded me," said Hinkie. "I agreed to come lead the Sixers because the
first, and to my mind, the most important building block is in place: A
thoughtful ownership group committed to building a basketball operation that
is data-driven, strategic and relentlessly innovative. The challenge ahead of
us is real, but I am invigorated to build something lasting for Philadelphia."
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