The NBA's power structure is being turned on its head under the latest collective bargaining agreement.
The league's preeminent franchises, such as the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, can't simply outspend small-market teams anymore. The CBA's stringent punishments for luxury-tax-paying teams make smart management more important than ever before.
The rise of the analytic movement only brings an added dimension to today's NBA. As teams place increasing importance on the value of each possession, inefficient chuckers in search of maximum-level contracts will find few, if any, interested parties.
Reputation among executives can be a fleeting thing, too. While Mark Cuban and Sam Presti were hailed as geniuses a few years back, both are now licking their wounds after the fallout of the 2013 offseason.
Here, I've ranked the NBA's 10 most influential executives—general managers, team owners and basketball operations staffers—largely based upon their moves since July 1, 2012.
Let's start at the bottom, with the NBA's new "Tommy Boy."
Note: Information about free-agent signings and other transactions is current through July 14, 2013.