Rajon Rondo 21st pick in the draft. What a steal by Danny Ainge
Rondo is getting triple doubles in the playoffs every game. Look at Rondo's averages for the playoffs, turnovers too. Would you rather have what you see out of Rondo now or Rubio based on potential? I know I'm taking Rondo everyday. Playoff MVP right now.
best gm in basketball. rondo, al jeff, powe, big baby, perkins. i still think gerald green, and bill walker could be players some day too.
My lord. Best Gm in basketball? The man was going to be fired before Mchale gave him present named KG. That's the funniest thing i have heard all day.
I love how success changes eveyone's value. Before last year, the guy was a bum and now he is great? Love it!
The best gm of ALL-TIME is Isiah Thomas
4 great players and none of them were higher than 8th pick.
He did draft T-Mac at 9 (Although it was reported we promised Adonal Foyle who went one pick before luckily) and David Lee, who was a steal. Also looked like he got a good one in Wilson Chandler, though Renaldo Balkman did not work out to well, and he also picked Marcus Camby 2 over a lot of great players. He traded for Nate Robinson with Phoenix, though I guess he was technically drafting him (Maybe he saw the same thing he saw in Damon when he took him 7 in 1995). However, did not at all have anything to do with Jermaine O'Neal, who was drafted by Portland at 17 in 1996 (and has arguably had a better career than Marcus Camby). Basically, past the picks of Lee and McGrady, and I would maybe throw in Damon, Isiah was not really much of a GM. I think he was a worse coach, as his teams would constantly crumble when it mattered the most in Indiana and a fairly poor manager of talent (different of course from talent evaluator). Bottom line, Isiah could see a good individual player, but seemed to have no concept of how to field a good team.
Learn your basketball-draft history before commenting please.....
In my mind, since I can not think of any others at this time, I would say Jerry West is at least monumentally in front of Danny Ainge and Isiah Thomas for best GM. I am sure there are many others as well, which I would encourage people to name (and while Kevin Pritchard is off to a great start, still needs a WAYS to go before he even is in the conversation (Posted to Blazers fans who would almost assuredly say Kevin Pritchard)).
Am I really reading this? Isiah is a good judge of young talent, and that's IT. He happens to be one of the worst GMs in the history of the NBA. I don't even feel the need to explain any further, aside from pointing out that he didn't come close to putting together a winning team in NY. His reputation would actually be quite higher if he remained a scout with one team, because that's what he does well.
I don't consider ainge to be the best GM out there either. I'd probably give that title to jerry west or jerry colangelo (both recently retired). Kevin pritchard has done a great job in portland and RC buford of the spurs doesn't get enough credit. His understanding of the team concept is extremely high, and he knows how to bring in players who fit the needed roles for his team.
Now this is for all of those guys who just live in the moment and do not look at the overall big picture. Greg Popovich has to be considered here. Now before R.C Buford was promoted to GM "Pop" had laid the groundwork. Here are the moves that made "Pop/ R.C Buford the best GM's
1. Fired Bob Hill after a 3-16 start.
2. Signed Avery Johnson to be the point guard
3. Drafted Tim Duncan #1 in 1999
4. Traded away Dennis Rodman for Will Perdue (got rid of his locker room disruption)
5 Stole Tony Parker with the 26th pick in 2001
6. Did not trade for J. Kidd the summer after ring 2
7. Stole Manu Ginobili with the 57th pick in 1999 (are u kidding me)
Thats how you build a Dynasty. Besides Kevin Pritchard is from the Spurs tree. They have to be acknowledged as the best. All-Time you have to look at Jerry West, and Red Auerbach. He traded away a perennial all-star in Ed Macauley for the rights to the number 1 pick where he selected Bill Russell, he also made a package to recieve Tommy Heinsohn in this deal. The next year he acquired K.C Jones and from here the dynasty began. Red drafted Larry Legend as well, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek. He may be the best evaluator of talent. West was the instrumental figure in building the showtime lakers. He also signed Shaq, and traded Vlade for Kobe, signed Phil Jackson. You people are not serious with this Isaih and Ainge garbage. He can thank KG for him still having a job
CHAMPIONSHIPS define GM's
This was an exellent post. Sometimes I wonder if anyboby reads posts or has very extensive basketball knollage. I'd mention the Bulls GM but Phil Jackson did most of the work there. Championships should define GM's. Everyone forgets about the bulls. I'm not hate'n on San antonio but I got to mention Boston.
I would just like to add that in 2 or so years Sam Presti is making one hell of a case for potentially being the best GM in the league for the future. Ill give it a couple more years to see how everything he does right now pans out but so far he has being making some awesome moves for OKC. Trading for Kurt Thomas for a 2nd round pick, then trading him for a 1st rounder. The move to trade up to #5 get Jeff Green (bad short term but looks like it is going to work out great long term). This draft will really sway my impression of him on how good of a judge of talent and how good he is at making moves he is. They have a high pick this year with another 1st rounder and ALOT of picks in the 2nd round and the draft next year. So he has alot to make moves and work with.
Ur a &$#%#&@!,...ur not even the real Aminu. And if u r, ur an &$#%#&@! my dude. You say the most dumbest sh*t on here its not even funni. "Learn your basketball-draft history before commenting please....." ??? Wtf? You dumb F*CK! Thats hella rude. You said Thomas being the greatest of all timee? Ur a b*tch...Ainge is a WAYYYY BETTER GM THAN THOMAS. Plus, ive only been watching the game of basketball for a year and a half and know more ish then u, im only 16. Get at me.
ainge has gotten very lucky at the expense of other gm's. lets be real, the sonics gave away ray allen for the 5th pick(jeff green) and delonte west and wally sczerbiak. good players but not as good as ray allen. that got him kg from minnesota for basically al jefferson who could be an all star but never the player of kg's caliber(the other players he got were role players at best). third, phoenix has given away luol deng and rudy fernandez for cap relief. r u serious? ainge got rondo from phoenix, everybody gets over on them. he has gotten extremely lucky over the past 2 years. but to his credit he does draft well and did land these players. but it was more him being in the right situation with young players and cap space at the right time, kg wanted out and seattle was rebuilding. he is a top 10 gm not the best. danny ferry is good, so was gregg pop, joe dumars was great before the iverson-billups trade, jerry west has been good until he got to memphis. danny ainge took a chance on guys with 2-3 years left on the tank and it paid off last year but will bite him back in 3 years when rondo is their best player.
Actually because of who many wing players are available in basketball, Celtic will be alright they have 3 young nice player in Rondo, Big Baby, Perkins, and when they lose Allen, KG, and with older Pierc, they will have money for some of the other players and may trade for some young players that some teams can't use as they look for veterans. If San Antonio is smart they will do the same, they may have to sacrifice someone that like though. Also most times in sucess it takes being a the right place and the right time. Ainge took the chances and came out on top. Some of these thing maybe came easier at the time but even now some people will get good deal because teams want to save money. Also if you look at what Denver did, the got rid of camby traded for Billups and have a top 5 NBA team and they actually saved some money. If they can keep some of their free agents this year are pick up some solid aditions they will be on the right path for the long run because they have a lot of young players who have experience.
He has been successful recently, but most of yall (including me) were calling for his head 2 years ago. How things change
It reminds me of the Tony Parker fiasco. Spurs wanted a vet, and were willing to trade Parker, but nothing ever came of it. Good thing for the Spurs, but at one time, many wanted his head, and said he wasn't good enough.
When he took over in Boston he said he wanted to get young players and develop them. He also said once the players started to develop he would trade some of them for established players. He did all those things. Jefferson got us KG. He did what he said he would do. No luck involved with that just brains.
danny ainge was really agressive back then and come on who wouldnt give up anything for KG!!!!!
Im telling you Rondo is a superstar thanks to KG!!!
This is crazy. Ainge is not even top 5. Does anybody remember the Celtics before they were given Allen and KG? They were pitiful. Rondo is a good player now playing next to the trio. What about before? We'll see after. Big baby and Perkins are both overrated. His best pick was Gerald Green at 18 who will "mark my words" be a superstar on the right team.
Isiah Thomas is one of the best drafters in NBA history but a terrible overall GM. He drafted everyone mentioned before and people forget about Trevor Ariza at 43. Hes still getting better.
Popovich is great
Too early to tell about Presti
I still cant believe that the Knicks passed up the best GM ever JERRY WEST just because Donnie is a New Yorker. Walsh has something to prove to me.
Yes ainge got a steal when he picked Rondo. Rondo has turned out to be an excellent player.
for real is kevin pritchard.