Some around the organization refuse to admit the Sixers are tanking by focusing this year on developing players instead of winning games. It's pretty much the same thing depending on how you slice it.
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees with how the Sixers are rebuilding. It is brilliant considering the depth of the 2014 NBA draft and the 76ers will have two first-round picks if the Pelicans stay out of the top-five.
Despite the brilliance, the Sixers have not come out and said that this is their plan - they've only implied it with every one of their moves since the June 27th draft.
One general manager, who preferred to remain anonymous (can you blame him?), told Jeff Goldman of ESPN the Magazine that this way of thinking is beginning to spread across the league.
Our team isn't good enough to win and we know it. So this season we want to develop and evaluate our young players, let them learn from their mistakes -- and get us in position to grab a great player. The best way for us to do that is to lose a lot of games. This draft is loaded. There are potential All-Stars at the top, maybe even franchise changers. Sometimes my job is to understand the value of losing.
Could this be a ploy to get people off the scent that it is actually Hinkie? Sure. But considering there are other teams - looking at you, Phoenix - that seem to be employing the same technique, it's unlikely that this comment came from Hinkie.
BUT it does appear to follow what everyone perceives to be his way of looking at the 76ers this season.
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