PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia 76ers have named former Houston executive Sam Hinkie team president and general manager.
Hinkie was formally introduced by the team Tuesday. Hinkie was the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Rockets, and was the top choice by owner Joshua Harris to oversee the rebuilding of this beleaguered franchise.
Hinkie is an analytics disciple and spoke in March at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Hinkie must now hire a coach after Doug Collins resigned following three seasons. Collins and former Rod Thorn are officially consultants for the team, but are now in the background of a major reconstruction project that Harris, Hinkie and a new coach will tackle.
Philadelphia went 34-48 last season.