PHILADELPHIA - The
Sixers have reached an agreement with Houston Rockets assistant general
manager Sam Hinkie to become the team's new GM, according to multiple
With current GM Tony DiLeo's departure and the impending retirement of
president Rod Thorn, Hinkie will be the Sixers' top decision-maker on
all things basketball, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Less than a year after they passed on him initially to promote DiLeo to
the position, the Sixers will sign Hinkie to a multi-year deal, per Bob
Cooney of the Daily News.
Hinkie, known widely around the league as a "moneyball manager" due to
his part in pioneering analytic assessment in the NBA, will become the
76ers' third GM since July of 2011.
the new GM, Hinkie will lead the hunt for a new head coach and be
tasked with pointing the flailing franchise back in the right direction.
Hinkie's hiring is clearly representative of a shift in philosophy for
the franchise. Former head coach and de-facto basketball brain Doug
Collins famously informed the Inquirer that "he would rather blow his
brains out than read 20-page printouts after games;" an obvious shot at
the analytics community.
Hinkie on the other hand, regularly attends the annual MIT Sloan Sports
Analytics Conference and places much import on the area. He has also
worked with Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who is synonymous with analytics in
the NBA, for the past eight seasons.
"I'm probably pretty boring to watch a game with because I'm all about
expected values," he told Rockets.com in a 2008 interview.
After the disappointment of last season it is no surprise to see
ownership wanting to take the organization in a drastically different
Before working with the Rockets, the Stanford graduate provided
statistical analysis and advice to several National Football League
teams, and worked as a private equity and venture capitalist.