The Philadelphia 76ers are clearing management and starting almost from scratch in that regard heading into the 2013 NBA offseason. The franchise now moves on without a head coach or general manager — the latter until tabbing Sam Hinkie from the Houston Rockets‘ front office for the job.
His association with an outspokenly stat-savvy front office should only spell good things for his landing spot, and the Rockets seem to certainly think fond of Hinkie.
“I have been extremely fortunate to benefit from Sam’s counsel, tireless work ethic, and judgment beyond his years for as long as I have,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said in a statement. “He is well prepared for this new challenge and ready to lead. His valuable insight regarding players and the NBA, whether building around Yao Ming or taking the multiple strategic steps necessary to acquire James Harden, has provided the Rockets with an unmatched advantage over the years. Philadelphia will realize over time what an important acquisition they have made. I wish Sam the best in his new role and I am grateful he is in the Eastern Conference.”
The Rockets have always thought outside the box when it comes to personnel acquisitions, and despite never emerging from the Western Conference during Hinkie or Morey’s time there, they have assembled some teams that were effective holistically without any huge stars.
That practice changed this offseason somewhat — but still with successful results — in bringing in Harden, a move that looked smart at the time and only got better.