PHILADELPHIA — It must deliver an exquisite joy to anti-Processors to see Sam Hinkie's biggest mistakes win an NBA title before "The Process" bears any fruit.
It must deliver equally an exquisite pain to the diminishing Cult of Hinkie to see their eight-year embarrassment not only continue, but to be proven worthless; to be discounted completely, and without any possible argument.
That's because the pillars of the Milwaukee Bucks' NBA title, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, could have been in South Philadelphia for the past eight seasons. Playing together. Growing together.
Instead, the Sixers chose a path of shame — one that will leave a stain on the team and the city that never will come clean. They lost on purpose for four years. They have three playoff series wins to show for it. The Bucks have the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Thursday marks the ninth draft of The Process. The Process hinged entirely on wise drafting. If The Process has failed, it has failed because its six different general managers drafted horridly.
Given the developments of the past week, the first draft of The Process — Hinkie's formal introduction as an NBA power broker — was, arguably, the worst.
Day of Infamy
On June 27, 2013, Hinkie agreed to trade Holiday for Nerlens Noel and a future first-round pick. He then drafted Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th overall pick, four slots ahead of Antetokounmpo.
On Tuesday, Giannis and Jrue became NBA champions. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons — the two crown jewels of this interminable, abominable plan — had been idle for nearly a month after a third second-round exit, and they watched in envy, while legions of Processors gnashed their teeth.