Sep 25th, 2007 by Inside Hoops
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today the promotion of Sam Hinkie to Vice President of Basketball Operations. Hinkie, who will be entering his third full season with the Rockets, advises Morey on the draft, free agency, trades, and game strategy. Hinkie also leads the Rockets analytic efforts and manages the team’s salary cap. In his first two seasons with the Rockets, Hinkie served as Special Assistant to the General Manager where he worked closely with former GM Carroll Dawson.
“Sam is an invaluable member of our staff who has continued to exceed expectations since he was hired,” said Morey. “He provides a unique combination of an eye for scouting talent with a strong analytical background. Sam’s contributions have been key to our success, and I believe he has a bright future in our league.”
Prior to joining the Rockets, Hinkie advised two NFL teams on draft strategies and ways to use statistical analysis to improve decision making. Hinkie also has experience as a consultant for Bain & Company, a leading global-strategy consulting firm. In addition, he worked in private equity and venture capital where he led diligence teams and provided strategic direction for his firm’s investment companies.
Hinkie, who is married with one son, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and was named one of the top-60 undergraduate students in the country by USA Today. He also holds an MBA from Stanford, graduating with highest honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar.