Says Jared Dubin of FiveThirtyEight.com:
Morey is most famous for his role as a pioneer in the basketball analytics movement.
And he was partial to 3-point shooters.
“People say, ‘They’ll do and trade anything,’” Morey once told the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram. “Yeah, we will. Until you have your foundational players, your franchise should be in a state of flux. You need to keep trading and moving players until you get to that point.”
In 13 seasons as general manager, Morey completed a whopping 77 trades. Only one NBA team — the Sixers, who at one point were helmed by Morey’s protégé, Sam Hinkie — made more swaps during that time.
In those deals, Morey acquired 27 draft picks and sent 37 out the door.4 He brought in 70 players and sent 72 packing — including 30 players that made it on both of those lists.