The Philadelphia 76ers are in the process of undergoing a major makeover in terms of their roster and their leadership. After a disappointing 2012-2013 NBA season that was largely the result of questionable coaching and the ill-fated Andrew Bynum trade, they are looking towards building something that will give them a much brighter future and probably more success.
This all started a little over a week ago when they hired Sam Hinkie as their new President of Basketball Operations. Hinkie, who has been under the tutelage of Daryl Morey over the past few seasons, is well versed in basketball analytics and advanced statistics and is looking to apply the concepts and ideas that he learned under Morey to this team in Philadelphia.
Most people would now expect the Sixers to make a hire, or at least be close to making a hire, for their currently vacant head coaching position after last year’s head coach, Doug Collins, announced that he would not be returning for the 2013-2014 season. However, Hinkie has said that they are going to be patient and likely take a while with making that decision. Instead, they are going to focus on restructuring and hiring new faces for the front office.
Though that may be the somewhat less traditional move in this situation, it’s the right one for the Sixers. They need to get people into their front office that can work on building a roster and team that can be centered around rising star Jrue Holiday and that can grow and develop in the future. They can then hire a coach that will be best suited to the roster that they put in place. Though it’s still early in his tenure, Hinkie is making all of the right moves.