DeathLineup wrote:R-DAWG wrote:In terms of the best GM's you need to look at overall body of work:
RC Buford remains in the drives seat based of what he has done during his long tenure in San Antonio.
I have to include Danny Ainge in the conversation, but most of this is based on the KG/Pierce trade - I have been underwhelmed in how he used his assets to get this team that went to 3/4 Eastern Conference Finals over the top - but he still made 3 out of 4 Eastern Conference Finals and has Tatum/Brown to build around.
Pat Riley and Andy Ellisburg is Miami and Donny Nelson in Dallas continue to operate at a very high level - at the blink of an eye, both teams have transitioned from the best players in their franchises history - Wade and Dirk - to teams on the rise with a ton of future flexibility.
Sean Marks should be up here as well. He inherited a situation as glim as any in the history of the league, and within 3 years had a playoff team with a young all-star -D'Angelo Russell - and a stable of young guys that were solid role players with some upside in LeVert, Allen, Harris and Dinwiddie. Combine that with all draft picks and cap space to add two difference making max slots, there is nothing short of remarkable with the job he has done. We all get excited on the upside of future draft picks - but players with a track record acquired with limited asset flexibility is more remarkable.
And closing this out we have to mention Leon Rose. By doing nothing, he has had the most successful Knicks offseason in recent memory.
Well you said to look at the overall body of work. It's funny that you didn't mention Myers who has brought championships to the Bay these last few years.
By no means I'm saying Myers is a top 3 GM. You can check my previous post to see my list. But based on your reasonings, Myers should be high on your list.
That's an oversight, and I'm sure not the only one.
Darryl Morey can be included on this list, although the last few years - likely because of restrictions from his owner - haven't been great.