Ranking the Worst GMs in the NBA Heading into the Draft
For every great creation, there is one with their hands in molding pot. For every failed invention, there is one with their hands in the very same place.
Oh, how we love to hate our general managers!
The 2012 NBA draft is just 48 hours away. As a result, we are likely to see some of the most questionable drafting decisions in NBA history; as is the history of the NBA draft.
The question is, who is in position to fail? Most importantly, who should we expect to be failing? Whether they've failed already or will fail on Thursday, here's a list of the five worst general managers in all of professional basketball.
5. Bryan Colangelo, Toronto Raptors
How could I include the 2005 and 2007 recipient of the Executive of the Year award? Quite simple.
A general manager's quality of work is often evaluated by the players he is able to acquire and manage. What we seem to forget, however, is that they are also responsible for the head coach's tenure. Something no Raptors coach has been able to maintain.
While some may argue on behalf of Colangelo in the sense that the coaches weren't good enough, they hardly had enough time to develop a system. The Raptors have actually had five coaches over the past 12 seasons, offering an average lifespan of 2.4 years per coach.
Hardly long enough to establish anything that will lead to playoff success.
4. Danny Ferry, Atlanta Hawks
Someone please explain to me how someone can have LeBron James as a franchise cornerstone and fail to place a championship-caliber team around him. If you can't do that, try explaining how the best player the Cavaliers ever acquired under Ferry's watch was Mo Williams.
A respectable player, of course, but far from the guy who will take you to the promised land.
3. Billy King, Brooklyn Nets
Billy King has always been one of those guys that you try to place your faith into and see minimal results, at best. He's orchestrated questionable trades, thrown away lottery picks to acquire an aging veteran and claimed that the best way to build for a championship is to bring back the same players who couldn't even hit .500.
And that all happened in 2012.
You try to like the guy, as he's always seemed to be passionate about what he does. The issue is, passion doesn't produce results when your mind is in the gutters. Unfortunately for Nets fans hoping for a championship, that's exactly where King's is.
We won't even touch on what King did with the Philadelphia 76ers.
2. Geoff Petrie, Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings play in a well-liked city with a fanbase who fought for their team. Somehow, someway, Geoff Petrie has yet to reward them with a team that's worth their admiration.
It has gone downhill for the Kings since the departure of their original stars, with Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic once leading the team close to the promised land.
One could argue that the Kings' young talent could potentially reach a similar level, with young DeMarcus Cousins playing at an All-Star level and point guard Isaiah Thomas establishing himself as one of the best young floor generals in the league.
One could also argue that Petrie could have done something to put the Kings in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Spending big money on players other than Chuck Hayes and Francisco Garcia might be a start.
1. David Kahn, Minnesota Timberwolves
In 2009, David Kahn made waves in his first-ever NBA draft. The former sportswriter for The Oregonian selected three point guards in the first round. He eventually traded the third player, Ty Lawson, to the Denver Nuggets.
This left him with Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio; a player who remained in Spain until the 2012 season.
Four long years later, Flynn has proven to be an early bust and is no longer with the organization.
Kahn has since made it a habit to select players with questions about their abilities to play at the NBA level, including Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Derrick Williams and Lazar Hayward.