It will be quite difficult moving forward for a team to replicate the Sixers' strategy the last few years of doing everything possible to land the top pick in the NBA draft.
On Thursday, the NBA's Board of Governors passed draft lottery form.
Beginning with the 2019 draft, the team with the worst record no longer has the best odds at the No. 1 pick. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out a chart that clarifies how the new process will work. From 2019-on, the teams with the three worst records have the same chance (14 percent) at the top pick. Previously, the team with the worst record had a 25-percent chance.
This will be interesting because it doesn't really cure or de-incentivize tanking, it just changes the point at which tanking will take place. You mean to tell me that the teams with the fourth- and fifth-worst records aren't going to do everything in their power to get to the third-worst record?
Rockets GM Daryl Morey appears to agree. He sent a sarcastic tweet to former Sixers GM and Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie shortly after the news broke.
Leaks are everywhere these days.
We've obtained a copy of Sam Hinkie's cover letter to New York Knicks' owner James Dolan in hopes of landing a job as the team's next president. The position has become available with Phil Jackson's ouster earlier in the week.
Somewhat surprisingly, it's not 13 pages long.
We've embedded a copy of it for you to read below.
*in case you couldn't tell by the ridiculous water mark, this is all in fun and is not actually real
I'm not sure of the exact moment it happened, but at some point in the past few years Sixers fans overtook Flyers fans as the most insane fanbase in Philadelphia.
That point was emphasized today in a story by former television host John Gonzalez for TheRinger.com in which he tells the outlandish tale of an electrician who lost his marbles -- or got his wires crossed. Or something.
The crux of it: an electrician from New Jersey did a ton of work on the Sixers' new training complex in Camden during its construction and wrote little pro Sam Hinkie Process slogans on lighting parts that are now hidden in plain sight throughout the building.
#TTP. Hinkie died for our sins. 1 part courage, 2 parts patience.
The man wants to remain anonymous as defacing the building you're being paid to work on probably isn't great for your future employment, but wants to go by "Son of Sam." Which is pretty great.
"Any of us would have done the same thing in my position," Son of Sam told Gonzo. "Suppose you were an electrician in South Jersey and you were left alone in that building to do your work. What would you do?"
I feel like the easy answer to that question would be "your job," but nothing is ever easy in the world of the Philadelphia fan.
So why is this electrician coming out with this now? Well, he wants Joel Embiid's attention, which is the cherry on the Shirley Temple.
"I want Joel Embiid to know what I did," he said.
Trust the Process. Just not the electrician.