Under Blanks, Phoenix won fewer games in each successive year, missed the playoffs in every season and went from a team that could call itself a perennial threat to make some noise in the playoffs, to the laughing stock of the Western Conference.
After loading up on cast-offs, spare parts and amnestied players last offseason, the Suns braced themselves for their first season without Steve Nash in nearly a decade. The impending season was worse than they could have imagined.
At 25-57, the Suns recorded the fourth-worst record in the NBA and look to be a team with a long road back to recovery.
Now they're in the market for a new general manager, which means a completely new direction with the team, and at least a season or three of rebuilding.
Lucky for them, there are a handful of candidates out there who seem ready to take over the team and revamp it into a contender out West.
None of the names are sexy (they're general managers, not movie stars), but they've put in their time in the NBA front office trenches.