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Woj: Sixers Tap Houston’s Sam Hinkie to Be GM

May 10, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have tapped Houston Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie to be the next GM.

Here’s what Sports Illustrated had to say about Hinkie when he first emerged as a candidate in Philadelphia:

A leader in the league’s analytics movement who has been the Rockets’ second-in-command behind general manager Daryl Morey for the past five years, Hinkie joins a field of candidates that includes Boston assistant general manager Mike Zarren, former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower, and former Portland assistant general manager and ESPN analyst Tom Penn. Sixers incumbent Rod Thorn has a year remaining on his contract, but his deal reportedly includes a provision through which he will become a part-time consultant with the team for the following five years as part of a transition that already has begun.

This is the first thing that comes to my mind.

UPDATE: Here’s a really solid post over at TrueHoop documenting the Sixers’ saga over the past few seasons and how it led to Hinkie landing in the top spot.

  1. G_E - May 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    This is great news. Absolutely a step in the correct direction.

    I want meaningful pro basketball from this franchise. And I am not alone. There are folks that will not care about this news. But this is definitely an overall positive for Philly sports.

    Now if we can only get the right personnel in place. Rome wasn’t built in a day but you could at least see tangible progress during the process. I hope more tangible progress is in the immediate future.

    Go Sixers!!


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