Sam Hinkie works closely with General Manager Daryl Morey on the draft, free agency, trades and game strategy. Hinkie leads the Rockets considerable analytic efforts and manages the team’s salary cap. He also scouts potential Rockets by evaluating prospects in person across the collegiate ranks, international basketball, the minor leagues and other NBA teams.
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. 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 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.