Putting the names to the faces of the NBA’s general managers may pose a challenge for many people, especially since most of them don’t mind working behind the scenes. Most general managers intentionally hide themselves from the view of the crowd, working at getting the best players to join their franchises. Daryl Morey may be one exception to the rule. If you are a serious basketball fan, especially of the NBA, you probably know the names of the most current coaches who are trying to lead their teams to victory on the basketball court. However, how many GMS do you know?
These days, the teams around the NBA have been scouting for analytic individuals with a business or legal mind to interview for the job of general manager, leaving out many ex-NBA players. It's not necessarily a bad idea to not go the more conventional route of former players turned executives, as we've seen mixed results and going in a different direction may be a better move.
Below is a list of prospective NBA GMs that you or the NBA franchises may soon consider for the job. If you are not in agreement with the names presented here, of course, you are entitled to disagree, but be sure to ponder on this as a foresight of what may be to come. This might be a prophetic example of observing the potential before it is actually announced. Just because potential GMs are out of sight doesn’t mean they should be out of your mind – at least that is why this list was made. These prospects have yet to lead basketball operations in the NBA on their own. Most of them are assisting other GMs and some have essentially interviewed for a GM position in the past without success. Let us go meet the list to see if any of them have the potential to negotiate contracts, oversee operations of coaching staff and maintain calm and confidence in a high profile job.
11 Bonus: Michael Winger, Oklahoma City Thunder
10 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
As quietly as he went to the Sacramento Kings, Shareef Abdur-Rahim left just as quietly. He ran the team’s D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns during the 2013-14 seasons and was also the director of player personnel for the Kings. Under the leadership of Peter D’Alessandro, he assisted with a very busy front office.
9 Mike Zarren, Boston Celtics
8 Tommy Sheppard, Washington Wizards
7 Bobby Marks, Brooklyn Nets
6 Kenny Smith of TNT Network
5 Brian Pauga, San Antonio Spurs
4 Mark Hughes, New York Knicks
3 Travis Schlenk, Golden State Warriors
2 Gersson Rosas, Houston Rockets
1 Troy Weaver, Oklahoma City Thunder
Troy Weaver, many would say, is distinctively the best candidate for a GM job who has yet to get a chance to oversee a franchise. In the past, he has had several interviews for top NBA front office positions. Weaver has strong scouting abilities, recruiting Carmelo Anthony to the Syracuse team and supposedly led the front office gamble for drafting Russell Westbrook. In addition, he has worked in NBA front office positions for more than one decade. Those are some big aces in his favor, don’t you think?
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