14Jerry West (General Manager)
From 1982 until 2002, Jerry West was the General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. The man, whose silhouette is used as the NBA's logo, was a huge part of the success that the Lakers had during the '80s, '90s, and '00s.
He was the genius that made the decision to
trade Vlade Divac to Charlotte for Kobe Bryant during the 1996 NBA Draft. He was the person who got Shaquille O'Neal to sign in LA. He was the one who rebuilt the Lakers after they struggled in the early '90s. He worked alongside Jerry Buss and the two of them created a dynasty.
After the 2001-02 season, West ended up leaving Los Angeles to take on the role of becoming the new General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies. Although they never would win a title, he did turn them into a playoff contender without having the money or ability to sign elite talent. He was able to build on what was existing and helped Hubie Brown win the 2004 NBA Coach of the Year award in the process.
He is now an executive board member of the Golden State Warriors, whom he joined in 2011. Their NBA title was the first in 40 years and you can easily credit that to the man that success followed, West.