Working on the assumption that the new ownership group will bring in a new Front Office to our beloved Samcramento Kings, I compiled this list (however deficient it may be) of people that I think are 4 decentcandidates for the job. These are in no particular order:
Stu Lash - Memphis Grizzlies Director of Player Personnel and Basketball Development
Focuses on draft analysis, scouting and game preparation. This seems like a good choice, simply because he has been part of a transition to a winning organization. And, with his scouting and game prep background, will have an idea of what he likes to see from his scouting department. Having worked (even for a year) with Hollinger, he must have had some introduction and access to some advanced metrics.
Troy Weaver - OKC Thunder Vice President / Assistant General Manager
I have written this before. Has been with Presti for 5 years, 3 in his current position. He assists General Manager Sam Presti with roster development and day-to-day basketball operations. In addition, he coordinates the team’s player personnel matters including NBA Draft preparation, player free agency and summer league roster. He was also a scout for the Jazz from 2004 - 2007 before being made the Director of Player Personnel in 2007-2008. I like his pedigree and he has also been part of a transition to a winning organization.
Brian Hagen - Chicago Bulls Assistant General Manager
Brian is somewhat an unlikely choice, having only been with the Bulls for a year. But his experience is pretty nice. 9 years with the Hornets as a director of scouting, director of basketball operations, and finally the director of player personnel before joining the Bulls. As with the others, he has seen some of the transition to a winning club.
David Griffin – Cleveland Cavaliers Vice President of Basketball Operations
David is the assistant to GM Chris Grant and oversees the team’s scouting and player personnel areas as well as the team’s draft process. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Griffin spent 17 seasons with the Suns, the last three as the club’s senior vice president of basketball operations after being named to the position in June 2007. With the Suns, he was tasked with draft and free agency information, video preparation, scouting reports and statistical analysis. I like this choice, plenty of experience with Front Office duties, scouting and statistical analysis. In my opinion, one of the better choices, if he is willing to leave his current position with Cleveland.
If I were asked to rank my choices (which, admittedly, I have not been), the list would go thusly: