Sixers.com sat down with the mastermind of the 76ers future, General Manager Sam Hinkie, at the draft combine this week. The full Q&A can be found here. Some of the more memorable moments from the Q&A will be below, with some insight on what Hinkie said.
Q: While the actual on-court activity at the combine lasts for only four hours or so, doesn’t the scope of work go far beyond that?
HINKIE: There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, whether it’s watching live practices and games, to cultivating all the relationships you build up over time.
For example, on Wednesday our day started at 6am and finished at 1am, and we covered everything from agent meetings in the morning to player meetings and interviews to staff meetings later in the evening. And we even had some mild discussions with other teams about a number of things.
Oh this is interesting, so very interesting.Check out the bolded part. That’s literally Sam Hinkie saying that he’s already had trade discussions with other teams. Draft night is sure going to be fun.
Q: Which means you have many options holding a league-high five picks in the second round, correct?
HINKIE: We’re comfortable with the status quo and comfortable picking players at those spots in the second round. That said, we’ve been known to dial the phone ourselves and I think the fact that we have a handful of second-round picks might make our phone ring inbound on occasion as well.
There’s even more about the possibilities of trades on draft night. Especially with those five second-round picks the Sixers have. It’s doubtful that the Sixers will keep all five of those picks.
Q: In the grand scheme of player evaluation, where would you say the combine fits into that puzzle?
HINKIE: These two days – as intense as they are – are just a small part of a much larger evaluation that has been going on for most of these players for many, many years. We have been around the country and sometimes around the world to scout them, have watched hours of video and gathered information on them in all sorts of other ways. So no two days can really trump a body of work that for many of these players stretches out over several years. That said, these two days are both intense and important too, which is why we work so hard to gather what information we can during this period.
It’s great that Sixers.com pulled this information from the main piece of the brain trust for the Sixers. While he didn’t reveal anything insane, it’s just some insight in Hinkie’s brain. Remember folks, THREE DAYS UNTIL THE DRAFT LOTTERY.