To say Sam Hinkie has turned the Sixers into a revolving door would be an understatement. As Gus Crawford noted a couple weeks ago – and as you learned if you stumble across this sporcle quiz – 28 players have appeared on the roster. With the season done (finally!), here’s a look at where some of the ex-Sixers ended up. Starting with…
OK, he was never actually on the Sixers roster — he played for the 87ers — but Marshall was one of the few players who went on to do some relevant things. The former UNC guard looked like he could be a long-term backup for Michael Carter-Williams after a strong showing in Delaware, but he ended up securing a contract with the Lakers, and doing just about everything a GM could possibly ask of a D-League signee.
Though Marshall slowed down after a scoring hot start — he averaged 11.9 points, 11.5 assists and 3.0 turnovers in January – he has still looked the part of a competent backup point guard. Even his previously questionable outside shot looked good; he was 39.9 percent from downtown for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Did the Sixers miss on this one? If they were looking for a backup point guard that could help the team right away, and possibly in the long-term, then yes. Marshall was that guy. Then again, the Sixers probably let Marshall go because they didn’t want him stealing the backup point guard minutes from Tony Wroten.
He was signed on two 10-day contracts and wasn’t actually that horrific, but Sergeant Hinkie of the TankTrain let him go in favor of a roster spot, opening up flexibility before the trade deadline.
Dedmon actually performed well enough to convince the Magic to pick him up for the rest of the season. So, go him. He’s one of the only players Hinkie cut that went on to get a contract on an NBA roster. Dewayne Dedmon: NBA player. It still sounds strange.
Sam Hinkie has used his Houston Rockets connection on a few occasions, the Ohlbrecht signing being one of them. The big German was picked up off of waivers on July 16, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.
Ohlbrecht ended up putting in work for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA’s Developmental League, averaging 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 55.4 percent shooting. While the numbers are not bad, his hopes of playing in the NBA seem to be dwindling by the day.
Like Ohlbrecht, Koshwal was cut prior to the start of the regular season and decided to give it another go in the D-League, re-signing for the Bakersfield Jam for the third time in his career.
After being waived on October 5, the 7-foot-1 center signed for Yulon Luxgen of Taiwan’s Super Basketball League. There, he is third in rebounds per game, averaging 13.9 along with 12.8 points and 2.1 blocks. It isn’t the first time Alabi has played overseas — he previously spent time in Greece.
The former A-10 player of the year was another who failed to make the grade at the 76ers after playing for the summer league squad. As Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers said at the time, a former Sixers regime may have had him on the roster simply because he was a Temple guy.
But Wyatt didn’t make the cut, and after spending a few months in China with the Guandong Tigers, he now is in the D-League. Alas, he still proved he can score by averaging 16.2 points a game with the Springfield Armor.
He didn’t make it past training camp with the Sixers, and then joined Maccabi Rishon LeZion of Israel. Unfortunately for him, he was cut after a month overseas.
After his short stint in Isreal, Blue came back to the states and played for Delaware 87ers. This was before he signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics. Finally an NBA chance for one of the Hinkie cuts! After three games with the Celtics, Blue went back down to the D-League and that’s where he currently plays.
The ex-Kentucky center had a few nice games with the Sixers, including a double-double against the Indiana Pacers. Despite that, he was waived and like most on this list he plays in the D-League.
He’s not the Magic Johnson-Lamar Odom we dreamed of. After a 10-day contract, he wasn’t invited back to the tank party. He has since decided that fashion will be his next port of call.
Clothing line coming with the homie zar!!! Watch out summer!!!
— Darius Johnson-Odom (@KingMe_DJ1) March 24, 2014
Another one that faced Hinkie’s chop. He now plays in Italy for Olimpia Milano.
Royce White was drafted by the Houston Rockets back when Sam Hinkie was involved with the franchise, and The Hink gave the point forward another chance with Philly.
It didn’t work out and the former Iowa State forward was let go prior to the start of the regular season.
On March 18, the former 16th pick signed a 10-day contract with Sacramento and finally made his long-awaited NBA debut but failed to register a single statistic in his 55-second cameo. After his second 10-day contract expired he was not brought back.
The last of our disposable Sixers, James Nunnally was picked up on a 10-day contract on March 17th. After impressing enough to earn a second, he didn’t secure a contract until the end of the season.
So, out of all the players the Sixers had a close look at and didn’t keep, only one of them is currently at an NBA team with a realistic chance of carving out a career as a long-term player in the league.
When Sam Hinkie raises the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2018, just remember: this team had Gani Lawal and Mac Koshwal on the books only a few years prior.