76ers set for 1st draft under new GM Hinkie

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 26, 2013
On the day the Philadelphia 76ers introduced their new general manager, owner Josh Harris ended his remarks with an encouraging message for a battered fanbase: ''Stay tuned for more from the Sixers organization.'' Turns out, their next update will be the first since they hired Sam Hinkie to run the team on May 14. Hinkie and the Sixers haven't just gone radio silent. They've suffered a power outage. The inner workings of a revamped front office have become as much a mystery as the player the Sixers will select with the 11th overall pick in Thursday's draft. Outside of a cameo appearance at a local screening of a Julius Erving film, Hinkie has been absent from public view since he was introduced as team president and GM. Hinkie has refused to offer updates on draft workouts, as well, and has not even publicly released names. No interviews with the media. No meet-and-greets with fans. Nothing. And the coach? Oh yeah, the Sixers still need one more than two months after Doug Collins resigned. After spending the last two years courting fans, even inviting them to crash a press conference, the Sixers have become the neighbors who put up a ''No Trespassing'' sign and yell, ''Get off my lawn!'' The Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday ran the backpage headline: ''What's The Plan, Sam? Sixers GM will come out of hiding for tomorrow's draft.'' Perhaps if he sees his shadow it will be six more years of bad basketball. 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. ''After he got that great swearing in,'' Bynum agent David Lee said, ''no one's heard from him.'' Bynum is unlikely to return after he failed to play a game for the Sixers in his one-season stint. Bynum was acquired last summer in a four-team trade that saw the Sixers deal Andre Iguodala to Denver and Nikola Vucevic to Orlando. Both players would have been pretty useful and might have kept the Sixers out of the draft lottery. The Sixers also have two second-round picks (Nos. 35 and 42). Of course, Hinkie has to rise above a fairly spotty draft record over the last few years with this team. Mo Harkless, last year's first-round pick, had a solid rookie season - playing for Orlando as part of the Bynum deal. Vucevic was the first pick in 2011 and Evan Turner hasn't become anything close to a franchise player after he was selected No. 2 overall in 2010. All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday was a steal at No. 17 in 2009 and Thaddeus Young was a fantastic choice at No. 12 in 2007. 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. And who will lead them? Collins had pushed for assistant Michael Curry, a former head coach at Detroit, to take over. But there's no telling how long the Sixers will drag out the search. ''I want to build a leading basketball operation that consistently makes high-quality decisions,'' Hinkie said when he was hired. ''But first I'll do a lot, a lot, of listening.'' And no talking. --- Follow Dan Gelston on Twitter: http://twitter.com/APGelston
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jets DT: I won't watch a Super Bowl 'until I play in one'

Hall of Fame coach: Stephen Curry is the best of all time

Reggie Bush on NFL future: ‘I’m not retiring’

Derek Fisher blasts Rondo over triangle offense criticism

Report: Marshawn Lynch hasn't spent any playing money

Ex-King says he could do 'much better job' than George Karl


Trainer thought Thomas Davis would not play in Super Bowl

Todd Gurley named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Durant, Westbrook on loss to Warriors: We're not scared

Report: Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

Report: Manning hinted to teammates he plans to retire

Barry Sanders shares thoughts on Megatron retirement talk

Fan at Super Bowl 50 wears awesome dual-team jersey

Skip Bayless whiffed badly on Cam Newton prediction

Cam Newton doesn't disappoint with Super Bowl outfit

Stephen Curry to serve as guest drummer for Panthers

Charlie Sheen tweets advice for Johnny Manziel

Cardale Jones predicts he will play in Super Bowl

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Marcin Gortat fires back at critic on Twitter

WATCH: Kerr told Warriors he was happy to have close game

Broncos could have tough decision with franchise tag

WATCH: Steph Curry does 'Dab' on court on eve of Super Bowl

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker