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Isiah Thomas is one of the best players of all time.
The same cannot be said about his skills as a general manager.
Thomas has been the GM of the Raptors and the Knicks in his executive career and while there have been some successes, there have been mostly misses.
In Toronto, Thomas drafted Tracy McGrady out of high school, as well as Marcus Camby and Damon Stoudemire. His time there was largely non-controversial.
However, in New York, it all went downhill.
His first move was to trade for Stephon Marbuy. While Marbury had some good moments in New York, his tenure was mostly marked by controversy and ineffectiveness. In that trade, Thomas gave up two first-round picks.
Yet that's not all.
He signed Jerome James to a five-year, $30 million contract. James started 20 games for New York and averaged 2.4 points a game in his Knicks career.
Thomas then traded Tim Thomas, Mike Sweetney, Jermaine Jackson, a 2006 first-round pick (which became LaMarcus Aldridge), a 2007 first-round pick (which became Joakim Noah) and some second-round picks for Eddy Curry.
Curry was a major disappointment in New York, never playing up to his potential. Meanwhile, the Knicks would have much preferred Aldridge or Noah.
He then traded Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway for Steve Francis. Francis was on the last legs of his career, while Ariza has turned out to be a useful player.
Thomas' era in New York put the franchise back a few years, and it took a complete makeover by Donnie Walsh to get them back into contention.
Since his time in New York, Thomas has not found a gig in the NBA. Not too hard to figure out why.