None of those players could keep the Sixers out of the lottery this season, though. And clearly, they need help all across the board - from a big man like Indiana’s Cody Zeller to a guard like Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum.
Just a year ago, the Sixers were the talk of Philly for the first time since former guard Allen Iverson was an MVP. They knocked off the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs and were on the brink of acquiring All-Star center Andrew Bynum.
Led by Harris and CEO Adam Aron, the new ownership group won back fans with slashed ticket prices, confetti cannons, Will Smith pumping up the crowd, and a reconnection with past stars such as Julius Erving.
Of course, the first winning record in years also helped.
But the goodwill was short-lived once Bynum went bust because of bone bruises on his knees. The losses piled up quickly, resulting in a 34-48 record, and Collins quit with a year left on his deal.
Exit, Collins, GM Tony DiLeo and president Rod Thorn. Enter, Hinkie.
Hinkie spent the last eight years in Houston and was the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Rockets. He wants the 76ers to use the analytics-type of thinking popularized in baseball to build a championship team in Philadelphia.