Sixers Hire Sam Hinkie, Formerly of the Rockets, as GM

This is Joshua Harris, Sixers owner, who may be the hero we deserve. He hired Sam Hinkie today. - Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Hinkie was second in command in the Houston front office, behind GM Daryl Morey, and is considered to be among the smartest front office personnel in the league by some observers.

Now this, this is news we can all get behind.

Adrian Wojnarowski dropped another #WojBomb today regarding the Sixers, reporting that the team has hired Sam Hinkie, formerly number 2 in the Houston Rockets front office, as the team's GM:

Full story from Woj can be found here.

As most of you reading this know, the Sixers had previously be averse to embracing analytics and advanced statistics. The hiring of Hinkie indicates the team is moving in that direction, as owner Joshua Harris indicated when Doug Collins announced his resignation. Hinkie is highly regarded around the league, as evidenced by the response from NBA observers:

Hinkie previously interviewed with and turned down the Sixers over the summer during their ill-fated GM search which ultimately resulted in Tony DiLeo's lame-duck situation. It also ensures that the new GM takes an active role, and may ultimately make a decision, about the new coach. This is awesome, awesome news, it seems. I'm legitimately excited for the first time about this team since Doug officially left. Talk about how awesome this is below in the comments.

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