Let the record show that the credit for whatever the Philadelphia 76ers get out of the following players goes to Sam Hinkie:
- Ben Simmons
- Jahlil Okafor
- Nerlens Noel
- Joel Embiid
- Daario Saric
- The Heat’s 2016 1st Round Pick
- The Thunder’s 2016 1st Round Pick
- The Lakers’ 2017 1st Round Pick (Top-3 Protected)
- The Kings 2019 1st Round Pick (Unprotected)
Hinkie gets credit for all of them. He acquired those assets. If the Colangelos want to trade a few of them for pieces that fit the greater whole, cool, maybe they can avoid some blame. But the Philadelphia 76ers of the next decade were built by Sam Hinkie, and we need to establish that right now.
There’s no greater point to this post. It’s just something I can point back to when the NBA hands Bryan Colangelo an undeserved Executive of the Year trophy in 22 months. Bryan Colangelo didn’t build shit. Jerry Colangelo didn’t build shit.
Oh, and while we’re talking about people who didn’t build shit, screw you Adam Silver. Who the hell are you to force an NBA team to operate a certain way when they haven’t broken any rules? And why is nepotism better than tanking? So congratulations on joining the mound of people who did absolutely nothing to get the Philadelphia 76ers back on track. It was the goddamn process.
This isn’t just vindication for Hinkie. This is vindication for logic. This is vindication for patience. Who the hell cares if you lose for a few years before winning for many? The whole goal is to win the championship, not win the championship a certain way. All the anti-tanking brigade wanted to do was handicap teams who didn’t adhere to traditional NBA thinking. There are going to be a certain number of bad teams anyway, why does it matter if they got there on purpose?
Now that this whole experiment worked other teams are going to feel freer to tank as they please. They’ll be able to take the long-route, accumulate assets, and try to build the best teams they can rather than limiting themselves to only a year or two in the lottery before panic signing a bunch of veterans they don’t need anyway.
So let’s just establish right now that the Colangelos don’t get credit for this. That Sam Hinkie is the mastermind behind getting Ben Simmons to Philadelphia, and that he should reap the rewards for it. He’s absolutely flawed as an executive, he had no idea how to interact with players and agents and he alienated his coach by refusing to take more blame publicly, but the end result of this group of players on this team is his doing. Are we all on the same page with that? Cool. That’s all I have to say. Long live the process.