How Sam Hinkie Buried The Sixers

Howard Eskin
May 20, 2020 - 6:04 am

“The Process” may just be the biggest sports scam ever pulled off in the city of Philadelphia. Even sadder, the “Processors” as the Sam Hinkie cult has dubbed itself, are still drinking the Kool Aid and believing that this con job was a terrific part of Sixers history all these years later.

The Sixers hired Sam Hinkie, or as I call him, “Scam” Hinkie, as their general manager in May of 2013. Under his leadership, the Sixers became one of the worst in NBA history over the next four years, though Hinkie only lasted for three and a half of them. The Sixers' record for those four years was 75-253. In year three, they won only 10 games and one of their losses was by a margin greater than 50 points. They lost 27 straight games over two seasons and started 2015 0-17. And that’s three years into this travesty! Even with the embarrassment of losing at an historic pace, the “Processors” remained loyal. Or at least the morons said they did.

Hinkie wanted to get those high draft picks. It was all about losing to get more ping pong balls in the NBA draft lottery. But the dopes that wanted to “Trust The Process” were conned in a total Ponzi Scheme. More balls were supposed to mean better players. So what did Hinkie come away with? Let’s count the stiffs. 

In his first draft in 2013, Hinkie came away with Nerlens Noel in a trade for one of the NBA's best point guards, still, in Jrue Holiday. With the Sixers' own pick in that draft, Hinkie took another stone cold stiff that couldn’t shoot a little — a guard out of Syracuse, Michael Carter-Williams. By the way, four picks later the Bucks took Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak has since been named the MVP and certainly could win the award multiple times.

OK, so he got Joel Embiid in the 2014 draft, a terrific player who dropped to No. 3 in the first round because he was a medical risk. Embiid has had injuries every season since. Dario Saric, another overrated player, was also a first round pick in 2014 through a trade. Saric is now in Phoenix. In the 2015 draft with the third overall pick, Hinkie took, once again, another stiff in Jahlil Okafor. Oh, and by the way, Kristaps Porzingis was selected fourth overall in 2015. I can go on and on about him cornering the market with five second-round picks in the 2014 and 2015 drafts, with none of them ever succeeding in the NBA.

The nightmare ended with his ridiculous 13-page resignation letter when the NBA forced ownership to push him out. The fraud had to go. In the letter he rambled on about the Blackberry keyboard and New Zealand’s flightless bird, the Moa. Hinkie tried to explain his management philosophy but misquoted the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. 

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the ax.”  One problem though, Lincoln never said that!

The debate of Sam Hinkie will never be settled as long as the “Processors” keep on drinking the Kool Aid. They may love ping pong balls, but they were ripped off. NBA teams that have tanked in the past trying to lose only did it for one season, but those teams could identify talent.

In the years since Hinkie became the GM, the Sixers won all of two playoff series. Scam Hinkie never landed the plane but the Sons of Scam always blame it on the GMs who succeeded him. Today, Hinkie is sitting at his laptop in a Starbucks in Palo Alto, but the reality is an NBA team will never give this guy a job to oversee a franchise again.

Reliving Sixers' history, "Trust the Process" is a joke, a scam, and nothing but a Ponzi Scheme.

The Process failed! But for the idiots that believe, keep on drinking the Kool Aid.