No one likes to talk about the sour spots shadowing over their franchise. So I guess I will do it. Here are the bottom 15 owners in the NBA. Here is part one. To be clear, 15 is the worst GM, 1 is the 16th best/worst.
Vivek Ranadive, Sacramento Kings– Vivek seems to be socially conscious, which is nice. But many of the moves that have been made under his nose are suspect at best. Vivek thinks he knows basketball. He does not.
- Tom Gores, Detroit Pistons– For years, Gores has been reluctant to let the Pistons bottom out. Josh Smith was a result of then GM Joe Dumars trying to save his job. Let’s see how the latter half of the Blake Griffin era in Detroit goes.
- Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago Bulls– What a mess of an organization. Only Reinsdorf would think the Bulls could rebuild as a dynasty without Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson, who had all burned their bridges with Reinsdorf. Oh yeah, the last few seasons have been a disaster too.
- Tony Ressler, Atlanta Hawks– It’s really too soon to know about Ressler. He has embrace the tank, which is always good to see from an owner in the right situation.
- Tom Benson, New Orleans Pelicans (Rest in Peace)- Benson never seemed too interested in the Pelicans. However, he saved the franchise from a potential relocation in the early 2010s.
- Clay Bennett, Oklahoma City Thunder– The most hated man in Seattle. Bennett skipped town from the Supersonics immediately after purchasing the team and promising to stay in Seattle. Even worse, Bennett refused to pay James Harden after his rookie deal and broke up a potential dynasty.
- Tilman Fertitta, Houston Rockets– Not of to a good start in Houston, Tilly. Going from Les, one of the best owners in the league, to this guy is rough. Sorry, Rockets fans.
- Mikhail Prokhorov, Brooklyn Nets– The Russian billionaire wanted immediate success after purchasing the team. This has cost the Nets ever since.
- Ted Leonsis, Washington Wizards– The Wizards make the Bulls blush.
- Glen Taylor, Minnesota Timberwolves– Taylor easily has one of the worst reputations in the NBA. The recent Jimmy Butler/Tom Thibodeau saga didn’t help either.
- Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets– Jordan’s best move as owner of the Hornets was to re-brand the team back to their 90s name and colors. But the Hornets have been stuck in limbo during his entire tenure owning the team.
- Ann Kroenke, Denver Nuggets– The Kroenke family is renowned for their cheapness as owners. Trading draft picks to save face is a Kroenke specialty.
- Richard DeVos, Orlando Magic (Rest in Peace)- DeVos once hired a minor-league hockey team’s scout as general manager of the Magic, a basketball team. I am not making this up.
- James Dolan, New York Knicks/Robert Sarver, Phoenix Suns– It’s too hard to pick.