The general manager position is one often overlooked by NBA fans, but having someone capable of pulling the right strings can be the difference between a playoff push and an early end to the season.
Throughout the history of the league, plenty of talented teams have been undermined by inept executives, while others have flourished because of a few smart moves by the front office.
The 2012-13 campaign is a third of the way over, marking the beginning of the frantic trade season. This is a perfect time to rank every GM based on the success they have had and what they need to do going forward to improve their teams.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the men pulling the strings behind each squad in the league and see how they stack up heading into this pivotal stretch of the season.