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Sam Hinkie Out as 76ers GM: Breaking Down What Went Wrong

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

We no longer trust in Sam Hinkie, or anything the Philadelphia 76ers are doing.

Sam Hinkie has resigned as general manager and president of basketball operations from the Philadelphia 76ers according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The 76ers have made changes inside the organization, including hiring longtime Phoenix Suns executive Jerry Colangelo as a special advisor in December. The 76ers brass then reportedly targeted Bryan Colangelo, Jerry’s son, to be the new general manager, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to Wojnarowski, the 76ers brass didn’t expect Hinkie to bolt, believing he could work in harmony with Colangelo.

Hinkie was hired in 2013, brought in from Houston and dubbed an “analytics” guy who would use numbers, a disciplined approach and draft picks to turn the 76ers into a force once again.

Hinkie became the third Sixers GM since 2011 when owner Josh Harris purchased the team. Hinkie immediately traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for New Orleans' top-5 in 2014 and Nerlens Noel. He then selected Michael Carter-Williams, who would go on to win Rookie Of the Year.

Hinkie’s most scrutinized move will be the selection of Joel Embiid and Dario Šarić. Embiid has yet to play a game, with the former GM telling Zach Lowe of that he had no true insight into when and what type of player the former Kansas star can become.

The 76ers released this statement on Hinkie’s sudden departure:

The 76ers became a laughing-stock of jokes and punch lines after putting up a league-worst 47-195 mark since the 2013-14 season, with no clear plan for how all these draft picks would even mesh together.

Sixers fans can now only hope for a Danny Ferry to meticulously turn the 76ers in the a rugged version of the Hawks or Spurs, with some idea of how they want to approach building a winner.

-- Glenn Erby

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