Sam Hinkie’s “process” was always more popular, understood, appreciated, whatever-phrase-you-want, by the people in and around the league than by most fans and some of the media members.
Which explains why Hinkie received multiple votes for Executive of the Year. That would be the Sam Hinkie that Sixers ownership pushed to the side with the hiring of Jerry Colangelo, and eventually out the door with the hiring of Bryan Colangelo.
Hinkie received one second place and two third place votes for Executive of the Year, which was won by R.C. Buford of the Spurs. He came in 10th in the voting, ahead of Dennis Lindsey of the Jazz, Wes Wilcox of the Hawks, and John Hammond of the Bucks.
The voting for this award is done by the other NBA executives (unlike MVP, Rookie of the Year, and other awards voted on by select media members).
Hinkie took “getting bad to get good” to a new level, but in doing so made the Sixers worse in the short term than even he intended. He made mistakes: He did a poor job selling his plan to the public, he refused to spend enough to draw role-playing veterans to stabilize things on the court and in the locker room, and he may have missed on draft picks (the jury is still out on that).
But he also understood that to turn the Sixers around he was going to have to draft a superstar, and he put the organization in the best possible position to do just that. This is a team loaded with young players and draft picks, assets that the Colangelos likely will turn into a good team in a few years. They will bask in the glory, but they will do it standing on the foundation that Hinkie laid.