The Process was a failure when judged on its own merits
Some NBA draft stats of note:
- Steph was a #7
- Draymond was #32
- Klay was 11th
- Durant was #2
- Kawhi was 15th
- Andre Iguodola was 9th
- Tristan Thompson was 4th
- Kevin Love was 5th
- Manu was 57th
All of these are players with significant contributions to NBA titles who weren’t the first pick in the NBA draft.
With regard to Sam Hinkie, the broader point is that if you’re going to base your team’s success on the draft, you better be awesome at drafting. Drafting three bigs in a row, including two who were going to miss whole seasons, is decidedly not awesome at drafting.
Other guys the Sixers could have drafted instead of who they did in the Hinkie years (13–15) include:
- Steven Adams, Rudy Gobert and Giannis instead of Nerlens Noel and MCW
- Marcus Smart, Julius Randle, Jusuf Nurkic, and/or Nikola Jokic instead of Embiid and Saric (though really, point Hinkie on this one if you’re judging on All-NBA potential)
- Porzingis, Devin Booker, or Larry Nance Jr. instead of Jahlil Okafor
- Brandon Ingram or Jaylen Brown (both of who play basketball) instead of Simmons.
And if your thing is assets, you probably could have had Booker and Nance instead of Okafor. Or Nurkic and Jokic and Saric instead of just Embiid.
Yes, Hinkie (and the Colangelos) put together a core that could be good with Saric, McConnell, Embiid, Simmons, and Fultz. But that’s four years of garbage when the team could have had actually good young players who play basketball instead of sit on benches.