Being an NBA general manager isn't easy.
The pressure is always on. During the offseason, it's all about player evaluation, deciding who to bring aboard via free agency and who to select during the draft. And then when the season rolls around, a GM's phone can never be kept on silent, as he must constantly think about wheeling and dealing to maximize the success of the roster.
Oh, and did I mention the high turnover rate?
It's a tough job to hold down for a long time, largely because a GM can emerge as a very easy scapegoat for a losing season. After all, they're the ones in charge of putting together a competitive roster.
But in this article, we aren't concerned with the men who might be fired. Instead, we're looking at the best of the bunch and power ranking the top 10 general managers in the NBA.
It's a key phrase, as this isn't just a ranking of the best GMs in the Association. If that were the case, the entire body of work would be weighed equally. Instead, we're weighing recent moves much more heavily, just as we would when power ranking teams.
It allows new GMs—guys who have only been in charge for a year or two—to receive credit for their efforts. But don't worry, as the legends of the sport will still receive their due.
Well, most of them.
Don't be surprised to find an omission like Mitch Kupchak. The Los Angeles Lakers' man in charge would certainly get credit in a ranking of the top 10 GMs (he'd still be in the top five), but he hasn't done much to build a contender now or in the future for the Purple and Gold. He's relying on his reputation, and that doesn't fly here.