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Sam Hinkie begins to reveal his plan for Sixers

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10:47 PM ET 06.28 | Before last night's NBA Draft, 76ers fans didn't know much about new general manager Sam Hinkie. We knew that he had a background in analytics, but it wasn't clear what that meant in terms of how he was going to build the Sixers. Apparently, we should have paid attention to how his former team operated. Hinkie was the assistant GM for the Houston Rockets. Under his watch, the Rockets missed the playoffs for three straight seasons while they stockpiled assets and cleared cap space. Last season, armed with a slew of tradable assets and unburdened by overpriced contracts, they were able to acquire Jeremy Lin and James Harden, and are now one of the favorites to sign Dwight Howard. The Rockets were willing to sacrifice a few seasons in order to build a legitimate championship contender. If last night's moves were any indication, Hinkie is taking the same approach with the Sixers. The Sixers could have drafted the best available big man in last night's draft, and then gone after Josh Smith in free agency. Those moves likely would have been enough to get the team back into the playoffs. But would it have realistically gotten them any closer to winning a championship?

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June 29, 2013  12:21 AM ET

So taking a season and "hoping and praying" to get the No.1 pick next year will move them closer to winning a ring?
Delusional GM.

June 29, 2013  12:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So taking a season and "hoping and praying" to get the No.1 pick next year will move them closer to winning a ring?Delusional GM.

tanking*

June 29, 2013  08:35 AM ET

The NBA is all about tanking now.

June 29, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The NBA is all about tanking now.

Pretty much...

June 29, 2013  10:42 AM ET

How 'Original', Bro....

 
June 30, 2013  03:51 PM ET

this gm is smart. patience . look at OKC, Hou, and golden state . smart building up when they are young and developing. its cheaper and will pay off in the long run.

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