Sam Hinkie leaves the Sixers better than he found them

Kevin Pelton analyzes the status of the Sixers now that Sam Hinkie has stepped down. Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports

Whatever you think of Sam Hinkie's method for rebuilding the Philadelphia 76ers over his three years as the team's general manager and president of basketball operations before stepping down Wednesday, there's one inescapable conclusion: Hinkie leaves the organization in better shape than he found it.

Because of the young players and draft picks the 76ers have amassed, their next general manager -- likely Bryan Colangelo, son of team chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein -- will be better positioned to succeed than Hinkie was when he took over the team in May 2013.

What Hinkie inherited

Philadelphia hired Hinkie on the heels of a disastrous 2012-13 season.