By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on July 19, 2014
So often in the NBA fans refer to their teams needing to grab a certain player via trade and NBA Free Agency, but forget the guys who make that happen. Having a front office that can work the salary cap properly, sign guys who fit the system, and lure in big-name players is a huge asset. Coming into the 2014-15 season, these are the top 10 front offices in the league. Spoiler: Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers are not on the list.
When the Hornets brought in Rich Cho initially, he was touted for having a solid plan, but was never really allowed to institute it fully with some of the people surrounding him. In the past two years, though, he’s proving that he has what it takes to put Charlotte back on the map.
Though you can knock Sam Presti and the Thunder front office for the James Harden trade, you can’t say that he doesn’t have a plan for this team and that he hasn’t done a solid job in executing that plan.
Since adding Ryan McDonough to their front office, the Suns have proven that they are a force in this league. They’ve been active on the open market and have built a talented and competitive young core. You have to give a lot of credit to the front office for making that happen.
The Pacers’ front office doesn’t get nearly the love that they deserve for what they’ve built in Indiana. With guys like Danny Granger, they’ve shown good discretion in when it’s time to let guys go. They’ve also drafted well and have made signing after signing to help them improve.
With the way they’ve built this team and have continually been a force even with their best player injured, a lot of the credit goes to Tom Thibodeau. However, you can’t rule out what John Paxson and the Bulls front office have done over the years to make those things happen.
Daryl Morey has been trying to build his ideal team for some time now, but hasn’t quite gotten there yet. However, with the way he’s a wizard with the salary cap and the fact that he’s turned assets into Dwight Howard and James Harden, it’s hard to not have him in the top-five.
You can’t always trust what Danny Ainge says about his plans to the media, but you can always trust that he has a plan that will eventually work out in the Celtics favor. They’re rebuilding now, but Boston definitely should have faith in their front office.
Sure, Pat Riley was unable to bring back LeBron James this summer. However, he was still able to re-sign Bosh and Wade while adding Luol Deng as well. Riley always has a grand plan and has a knack for making things work even if Plan A doesn’t necessarily go as expected.
Mark Cuban gives you everything you could want from an NBA owner and front office presence. He’s charismatic, but he’s also incredibly smart and savvy at making Dallas an attractive destination and place where basketball always shines through.
If you don’t have the Spurs and R.C. Buford at the top of this list, you’re crazy. There’s a reason the Spurs are perpetual contenders and it’s the fact that the front office is the King of value and running a nearly flawless system. It takes more than players to build a dynasty and San Antonio is the prime example of that.
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