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Goliath Strategy: Hinkie and Brett Brown's long term planning

Much has been made about Hinkie and Brown employing a Rockets/Spurs type of offensive philosophy that relies on creating the most amount of possessions resulting in attempts. It's called the Goliath Strategy because the more attempts that are created, the more opportunity for the better talent to manifest statistically:

http://hoop76.com/sixers-surprising-goliath-strategy/

http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/63989/the-speed-of-tanking

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/11/4/5044364/philadelphia-76ers-brett-brown-michael-carter-williams


Right now the Sixers are second in pace to Golden State with 101/game.

Here is what I find interesting. The Sixers are pursuing short-term AND long-term goals at the same time. If the Sixers are as talent deprived as the experts have claimed (which it seems like they are not, but the Bobcats did win a surprising amount of early games in their past few seasons) then as Haberstroh claims in the ESPN truehoop post, it is a good way to make sure the better team (ie the other team) wins. Sooner or later regression occurs, the lucky wins wind up not being lucky, and the better teams win as their scouting and defense clamp down after getting into basketball shape.

With the number of possessions increasing, the counting statistics increase for players the team is looking to move. I'm looking at you Evan and Spence. Regardless of efficiency, if the Sixers are able to eke out wins over big name teams who may take them lightly with Evan and Spence putting up 30 points, it will garner interest. I believe that even if it takes 30 shot attempts for Turner to put up 30 points, a win will negate the brutal efficiency in the eyes of (some) other GM's.

Now this is the best part. The Sixers are actually planning long term because over time they will accrue MORE and MORE talent, and the greater number of possessions generated will skew the odds IN THEIR FAVOR. Not only that , but it isn't just lip service that they are trying to create a culture. They are creating a lasting culture that will persist through losing AND winning periods. Fitness/possessions/High IQ/Hard work. This is the Spurs model. We are developing a culture for the next decade and it's manifesting itself immediately. It's apparent, the players can understand it's simplicity, and it is already paying dividends.

Brown.

Hinkie.

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