Sam Hinkie Out As 76ers GM — Breaking Down What Went Wrong

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We no longer trust in Sam Hinkie, or anything the Philadelphia 76ers are doing.

Sam Hinkie has resigned as general manager and president of basketball operations from the Philadelphia 76ers according to Marc Stein.

The 76ers have made changes inside the organization, including hiring longtime Suns executive Jerry Colangelo as a special advisor in December. 76ers brass then reportedly targeted Bryan Colangelo, Jerry’s son, to be the new GM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to Wojnarowski, 76ers brass didn’t expect Hinkie to bolt — believing he could work in harmony with Colangelo.

Hinkie was hired in 2013 — brought in from Houston and dubbed an “analytics” guy — who would use numbers, a disciplined approach and draft picks to turn the 76ers into a force once again.

Hinkie became the third Sixers GM since 2011 — when owner Josh Harris purchased the team. Hinkie immediately traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for New Orleans top-5 in 2014 and Nerlens Noel. Sam then selected Michael Carter-Williams — who would go on to win Rookie Of the Year.

Hinkie’s most scrutinized move will be the selection of Joel Embiid, Dario Šarić. Embiid has yet to play a game, with the former GM telling Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, that he had no true insight into when and what type of player the former Kansas star can become.

The 76ers released this statement on Hinkie’s sudden departure:

The 76ers became a laughing-stock of jokes and punch lines after putting up a league-worst 47-195 mark since the 2013-14 season, with no clear plan for how all these draft picks would even mesh together.

Sixers fans can now only hope for a Danny Ferry — to meticulously turn the 76ers in the a rugged version of the Hawks or Spurs, with some idea of how they want to approach building a winner.

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