The highly respected Jerry Colangelo, hired to be Sam Hinkie’s boss last month, has made two apparently anti-Hinkie deals, and more are surely coming. First Colangelo traded two draft picks to acquire Ish Smith. Then he talked Elton Brand into joining the team and waived Christian Wood, a young prospect, to make roster room.

With improved point guard play from Smith (who loves alley-ooping with Nerlens Noel, above), the 76ers have won three of its past seven games after previously winning only one of its first 31. Adding Brand and deleting Wood moved the 76ers from being one of the youngest teams in league history to not even being the youngest team in the league right now by average age (it’s the Milwaukee Bucks).

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