Sam Hinkie just completed his eighth full season with the Rockets. He has been the executive vice president of basketball operations since 2010.
He was hired in Houston as the youngest vice president in the NBA in 2007. Before that, he spent two seasons as special assistant to the Rockets general manager.
He is seen as an expert in analytics, the day-to-day management of basketball operations, the salary cap, and scouting college and other pro players.
Before joining the Rockets, Hinkie advised two NFL teams on draft strategies and using statistical analysis to improve decision making.
Hinkie previously worked for Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, and private equity and venture capital firms.
Hinkie is married and has two sons.
He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma, was named one of the top 60 undergraduate students in the nation by USA Today, and has an MBA from Stanford.