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Commentary: ‘Analytic' general manager wouldn't work with 76ers

By John N. Mitchell, The Philadelphia Inquirer Published: October 15, 2012

Indianapolis center Roy Hibbert has seen the light, tweeting “some1 is gonna get fired in the org 4 giving the go ahead” to draft White.

This past summer Morey purged a roster that finished above .500 for the third year in a row. The stated goal at that time was to make Houston an attractive destination for a superstar, namely Dwight Howard. Other teams backed away from the fickle former Orlando center when it became obvious that Howard, in the last year of his contract, only wanted to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks or the Brooklyn Nets.

That cued most teams that the risk/reward ratio for Howard was too high. They understood that acquiring Howard would require a roster purge that would fetch Howard only to see him leave next summer as a free agent.

Morey did not understand this, and now Houston has a roster of mostly power forwards and players who do not fit very well with each other.

Despite the polarizing opinions on point guard Jeremy Lin, whom Morley signed to a $25 million deal this summer, it is a head scratcher, especially when one considers that Morley waived Lin, then an undrafted, cheap free agent fresh out of Harvard, right before the start of the season.

Morey's approach to franchise building appears to be one of heavy wheeling and dealing on draft day to acquire assets and then crossing his fingers that they pan out.

Thus far, they have not.

Morey has made 32 trades the last five years. Under his direction, the Rockets have made a trade at every trading deadline except in 2010. To his credit, he has stockpiled future draft picks who may one day prove to be wonderful assets. And in the five years that he has run the team, Houston has never finished with a losing record.

This approach may have worked in Houston. It would not, however, work here. The Sixers paraded a bunch of analytics through their offices at Wells Fargo Center but ultimately made the right decision to go with a player personnel veteran.

Today this looks like the right move.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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