It's easy to look at someone like Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan and think, "Hey, that guy can't possibly handle that job, can he?" After all, the 30-year-old first-time GM is the youngest with his title in the NBA today and just traded the best big man in the game (Dwight Howard) for what amounts to something one might find on the menu at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
But Hennigan has a plan—tank for a while and build through the draft—and is well-trained from his days with the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It'd also be reasonable (at first glance, anyway) to pity Charlotte Bobcats GM Rich Cho. He has the unenviable task of turning around a team that just posted the worst winning percentage in NBA history while working for a notorious egomaniac and tinkerer in 'Cats owner Michael Jordan.
However, like Hennigan, Cho is a disciple of Thunder GM Sam Presti and, unlike Hennigan, has previously proven his chops as a basketball mastermind, albeit during an abbreviated stint under another control-freak-of-an-owner, Portland's Paul Allen.
If you're seeking GMs who are ill-equipped to handle their jobs as desperately as Roberta sought after Susan, then look no further than these five front-office head honchos, all of whom have actually been around the proverbial block in the NBA.