Former Phildelphia 76er, Charles Barkley, has issues with the direction the team’s new GM is taking the franchise. Heralded for his analytic approach to the game, Sam Hinkie was brought on as the new General Manager, and has gutted the team as they are clearly in a “Lose for the Future” approach (or ‘tanking’ if you will.)
Always one to trust his gut over his head, Barkley believes the moves they are making are nonsense, and analytics does little to help a team. He uses Hinkie’s former team, the Rockets, as an example of team only getting good once they acquired talent.
The huge fault in his argument/logic (or lake thereof) is the moves they made prior to landing James Harden and Dwight Howard that facilitated these major acquisitions.
I have a problem with the way the Sixers are running their organization right now. Listen, Howard, you know I don’t believe in that analytical crap. If LeBron James couldn’t spell cat, I want him on my team. I always tell people, give me a dumb guy that can really play. Don’t give me no smart guy.
The guy [Hinkie], he came from Houston. When did Houston get good? When they went out and paid James Harden all that money and [Omer] Asik, and now they went out and got Dwight Howard. That’s got nothing to do with analytics, that’s got to do with paying really good players to come to town.