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07:02 AM ET 05.13 | These days, a Stanford MBA is just as likely to turn heads in NBA front offices as anything, which brings us to Sam Hinkie. One thing I've learned about Hinkie in the last 48 hours is that he's not just all about crunching numbers. Yes, he's big on ascribing value to shots taken at the basket vs. long two-pointers that should be threes, but perhaps there is more here. In three conversations with people in Houston who have worked with him and watched him work, the common thread is that while Hinkie and former boss Daryl Morey, the Houston general manager, have hired a slew of MIT MBAs to analyze everything, Hinkie is a relentless worker who will "scout talent as much as anyone in the league."

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May 13, 2013  01:33 PM ET

Maybe if they crunch the numbers a certain way, they can make last season appear respectable.

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