Jerry Colangelo, a Hall of Fame executive, served definitive notice that Hinkie’s amorphous “process” has been abandoned when he said that he expects the Sixers to be a championship-caliber team in three years. Owner Josh Harris cleaned house in 2013, and he hired Hinkie (above right with Joel Embiid), a 35-year-old analytics whiz from the Houston Rockets, to rebuild. Hinkie not only had never been a general manager, but he had never worked with a GM who had a solid basketball background. Hinkie’s plan: accumulate “assets” in the form of young players and draft picks, clear cap space and grow a product that, at a point undefined, would contend for a title. Hinkie’s product: a dysfunctional team whose talent and performance was the worst in NBA history.
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