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Tuesday March 23, 2010 0:33 AM

Rockets Promote Key Member of Front Office


Sam Hinkie named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations

Jason Friedman
Rockets.com

HOUSTON - Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced Monday that the team has promoted Sam Hinkie to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
 
“Sam excels regardless of how quickly his responsibilities increase,” said Morey. “We are fortunate to have him. He is on the cutting edge of basketball decision making and has been key to our ability to advance in the playoffs and remain competitive in the face of significant injuries this season.”
 
Hinkie, who is in his fifth full season with the Rockets, was named the youngest Vice President in the NBA in 2007. In his role, Hinkie works closely with Morey on the draft, free agency, trades and game strategy. He also leads the Rockets considerable analytic efforts, provides day-to-day management of basketball operations and manages the team’s salary cap. Hinkie also scouts potential Rockets by evaluating prospects in person across the collegiate and professional ranks, including the NBA, international basketball, and the minor leagues.
 
“Mr. Alexander continues to be an active investor in our approach to building a championship-caliber team, encouraging us to think even bigger and be even more aggressive,” said Hinkie. “Working every day in the trenches with Daryl, learning from a sure-fire Hall of Famer like Coach Adelman, and leading our staff is a privilege I don’t take lightly.”
 
Prior to his promotion to Vice President of Basketball Operations, Hinkie served two seasons as Special Assistant to the General Manager where he worked closely with former GM Carroll Dawson. Before joining the Rockets, Hinkie advised two NFL teams on draft strategies and ways to use statistical analysis to improve decision making. Hinkie previously worked for Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm. In addition, he has experience in private equity and venture capital where he led diligence teams and provided strategic direction for his firm’s investment companies.
 
Hinkie serves on the Advisory Board of KIPP, an innovative charter school focused on disadvantaged children in urban communities. Hinkie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and was named one of the top-60 undergraduate students in the nation by USA Today. He also holds an MBA from Stanford, graduating with highest honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

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