He once called Hinkie "THE GOAT" on Instagram after the former GM resigned.
While he technically resigned before the end of the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season, his replacement Bryan Colangelo is just not Hinkie and never will be.
76ers fans found the flawless way to truly honor former GM Sam Hinkie before the 2017 National Basketball Association draft lottery on Tuesday.
The event is organized annually by the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast, whose following originally consisted of only the most ardent Process Trusters but has grown exponentially as the Sixers' talent base and outlook has improved.
Of course, the most Process moment was yet to come.
Appropriately enough, not long after this banner was raised, Sixers fans got to watch their team win the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft thanks to a shrewd trade Hinkie made with the Sacramento Kings back in 2015. The 76ers will have to leapfrog the Boston Celtics, the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers to garner that No. 1 overall selection.
The architect of the process, Hinkie has given Sixers fans plenty to cheer about entering Tuesday night's lottery. Here are the chances they have tonight at the lottery. Embiid was certifiably sensational in 31 games for the 2016-17 76ers.