Report: Broncos had former 76ers G.M. Sam Hinkie in for a consultation

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“Trust the process” has become a popular phrase around the sports world over the last couple of years after the Philadelphia 76ers adopted it as a mantra during a long rebuilding project.

Among those who used the phrase was Broncos coach Vance Joseph, who uttered the words during the eight-game losing streak that sank their 2017 season. As part of their effort to avoid another dismal finish, Joseph, General Manager John Elway and others in the building got a chance to talk to the guy who began the process in Philly.

Sam Hinkie was the 76ers General Manager when they dismantled their roster and pinned their hopes on coming up with stars in the draft that would provide the foundation for a winning team. Hinkie left the team in April 2016, so he wasn’t around when the plan started bearing fruit this season.

Hinkie put the pieces in place, though, so the Broncos picked his brain this week, however. Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports Hinkie spoke to members of the scouting, analytics, football administration and conditioning departments about “how to best use the influx of data” that teams collect in order to see benefits in all areas of the organization.

The Sixers spent five years out of the playoffs as they put their trust in a process that ultimately yielded phenoms Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and this season’s 52-30 record. The Broncos would surely prefer it doesn’t take that long to get back on the right track.

9 responses to “Report: Broncos had former 76ers G.M. Sam Hinkie in for a consultation

  1. “Hinkie left the team in April 2016, so he wasn’t around when the plan started bearing fruit this season.”

    Don’t take anything away from Hinkie. The team was highly successful this year because of him.

  2. “The Sixers spent five years out of the playoffs as they put their trust in a process that ultimately yielded phenoms Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and this season’s 52-30 record.”

    8 of the 15 teams in each conference make the playoffs so missing them for 5 years sounds better then reality. Also, they weren’t just bad all of this time, they were one of the worst teams each year. While they looked good this year, I’d say the length of the rebuild and the depth of their bad years has to be considered a poor job.

  3. Step 1: Cut Von Miller and every other good player, including the QB you just paid a huge signing bonus to a few weeks ago.
    Step 2: Suit up the equipment managers and ball boys for the next 3 seasons.
    Step 3: Claim every successful team got there by doing exactly what you are, despite all evidence to the contrary.
    Step 4: Get fired and post a rambling, crazy letter that makes it clear why you were fired.

  4. On one hand the Sixers are good! And he deserves credit for that. But on the other hand what he did to get there was just…lose.

    Any one of us could have done that.

    In terms of drafting he was hit and miss. But he nailed it on one pick in Embiid.

    I take it all back he’s just like Belichick!

  5. Actually, Hinkie got Colangelo’d (fired by the league office) before he had a chance to complete the process.

    After enduring all of the pain to accumulate high draft picks, Hinkie hit on Simmons and Embiid, and found Saric and others with later picks.

    They were in great shape going into last year’s draft, but Colangelo appears to have squandered the rest of their draft assets on Fultz.

    Trust the process, but beware of the league officers.

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