After a quiet period since his arrival, new general manager Sam Hinkie shocked the world on draft night. Hinkie traded the Sixers’ lone All-Star to the New Orleans Pelicans for a player with just 24 games of college experience under his belt and a first-round draft pick next year.
Initially, Sixers’ fans were appalled. Was it true? Did Hinkie do the unthinkable? Philadelphia finally had another player ready to contribute on a consistent basis for the next eight to ten years. Or so they thought.
Nerlens Noel was the projected No.1 overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, but managed to slip all the way to the Pelicans at No.6. Unless 90% of the draft experts were wrong, the Sixers landed the best player in this year’s draft and another potential lottery pick in a loaded 2014 draft.
After all the chaos of June 27th, it was clear that Sam Hinkie had a direction, something basketball fans of Philadelphia have been so desperately craving since the Allen Iverson era came to an end.
Although still without a head coach, it is apparent the organization plans to completely rebuild from the ground up. Hinkie was hired after a stint as the assistant general manager to Daryl Morey with the Houston Rockets. Houston had a plan for success that is now coming to fruition. Morey and Hinkie compiled young assets and used analytics to add undervalued players to their team to give them an opportunity. Take Omer Asik for example.
Hinkie has been a part of a rebuilding process in the past, and it is now apparent that he has a plan to do the same in Philadelphia. Hopefully this leads to future success, but for now, Sixers’ fans are happy to see that the team finally has a direction.