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Sam Presti has a sterling reputation league-wide. He’s seen as a genius, someone that’s always thinking two steps ahead of everyone else. It’s not just because he’s built a contender from the ground up in a couple of years, it’s because he’s built a culture and a process for sustained excellence.
He had a plan when he was hired four years ago. And he hasn’t deviated. He’s calculated, cool, smart and savvy.
Which is why it’s no surprise that SB Nation’s Mike Prada slotted Presti second overall among all NBA general managers.
STYLE: Meticulous planner.
THE GOOD: There are so many ways to describe Presti’s strengths, but my favorite one is this: he knows when to take the risk. The Kendrick Perkins trade came at the right time and sent out just enough value where it barely hurts his team, but still provides enough value to make the trade fair. Presti fostered a culture where the risk was minimal, which was his greatest strength.
THE BAD: Hard to find much of anything, but he did trade Rodrigue Beaubois for B.J. Mullens, and his 2010 lottery pick (Cole Aldrich) didn’t get off the bench last year.
BOTTOM LINE: Presti’s pretty much running this league. Sure, he got lucky with drafting Kevin Durant, but he’s made the most of it.
Who’s ahead of Presti? Captain Slick Back, Pat Riley. Keep Reading…