The life of a general manager in the NBA can be a short lived one for many, but a few mainstays have laid the blueprint for what a successful career can be leading a franchise. We graded the executives who have been hired within the last 5 years with a few seasons under their belt.
Vlade Divac (Sacramento Kings-4th Year)
Kings Record Under Divac: 33-49 32-50 27-50 19-16
Divac definitely got off to a rough start, but Kings owner Vivek Ranadive stuck it out and allowed the former King to build a young team. While his current body of work has not been great, if Sacramento keeps developing as a team, he will be seen as a solid G.M. A young core of Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox, and Marvin Bagley III is a good start.
Chris Wallace (Memphis Grizzlies-5th Season) *2nd Time as Grizzlies G.M.
Grizzlies Record Under Wallace: 55-27 42-40 43-39 22-60 18-16
Since the Grizzlies have entered a rebuild of sorts, Wallace will not be blamed too much for the 22 win season, although G.M.’s are always a target of fans. At the same time, you can’t give him too much credit for a 55 win season to start his tenure. Sitting at 18-16 this season, Memphis may make some moves if they remain in the playoff hunt later in the season. At the start of this season it was not looking good for the next few years of Grizzlies basketball, but Wallace might just be kept around as the franchise tries to draft its next core of stars to go with Jaren Jackson Jr.
Sean Marks (Brooklyn Nets-3rd Season)
Nets Record Under Marks: 20-62 28-54 17-20
This is an odd one to analyze. On the one hand, Marks has compiled what is at least on paper, one of the worst rosters in the league. On the other hand, he has found some decent players in Caris Levert, D’Angelo Russell, Joe Harris, and Spencer Dinwiddie that no one really wanted. He was handed limited resources due to terrible trades by previous management, which is why Marks needs to be graded on a curve. The improvement shown this season will allow Marks to oversee the building of the Nets going forward. The true test will be how well they draft to build a young core that can grow together and eventually compete, much like the 76ers are accomplishing now.
Stan Van Gundy (Detroit Pistons)
Bryan Colangelo (Philadelphia 76ers)