The New York Knicks' success this season is attributable in large part to the man who put together the pieces of the puzzle, Glen Grunwald.
Grunwald was named interim general manager of the Knicks in June 2011, though did not begin his duties until the NBA lockout ended in November of that year. He inherited a team with minimal cap flexibility and a dearth of future draft picks, so the former Toronto Raptors GM was forced to be creative.
Grunwald used the amnesty clause in the new CBA to sign Tyson Chandler and orchestrated trades for veterans Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby. Then he scoured the free-agent scrap heap and overseas market for talented players to fill out his roster.
Little over a year after he took the job—the interim tag was removed from his title in April 2012—the Knicks are sitting atop the Atlantic Division with a 25-13 record. Thanks to Grunwald's adroit maneuvering, they are a deep and cohesive unit, primed to compete for an NBA championship.