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    Best General Managers In Sports

    The general manager is the most influential and scrutinized position in sports because he decides how the owner's money is spent on players.

    Forbes.com's first-ever proprietary look at GMs in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB grades each GM on two yardsticks. First, there's the performance (regular season winning percentage and postseason wins) during the GM's tenure versus the performance of his predecessor. Second, there's the GM's relative (to the league median) payroll compared with his predecessor's relative payroll.

    And the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves GM Kevin McHale tops our list.

    Only the 98 current GMs with at least three years of service were reviewed. In terms of enhancing the value of a sports franchise, winning is more important than payroll. So we double-weight winning percentage in our scoring to discount GMs (like Mark Shapiro of the Cleveland Indians) who successfully cut costs but in so doing damaged their franchise.

    The Timberwolves' McHale has been harshly criticized in the press for not giving superstar Kevin Garnett the supporting cast to win a championship. But McHale has guided the Timberwolves to eight playoff berths and a .539 regular season winning percentage--more than double his predecessorís .244. Winning improvement under McHale has been so great that it offset a 19% rise in salary against the NBA's median payroll during his 11 years as GM.

    Another GM who has been under the gun the past few years is Glen Sather of the New York Rangers. Despite a bloated payroll, which topped out at a then NHL record $76.5 million in 2003, Sather has not been able to win a single post-season game in his six years in New York. His No. 12 ranking is attributed to prolonged success in Edmonton, where Sather paired Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier in building an Oilers dynasty that won five Stanley Cups.

    There were also some predictable names atop our list. The highest rated baseball GM is Oakland's Billy Beane (No. 26 overall). Beane has been able to capture four division titles and win almost 60% of his games with the small-market A's by developing prospects. Beane has also kept his teamís payroll at 70% of the major league median. Having scouts emphasize statistics like on-base and slugging percentage has allowed Beane to find capable young talent to replace expensive free agent veterans.

    Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils gained acclaim in hockey circles for his ability to put together championship teams with low payrolls. New Jersey's .592 winning percentage in 18 years under Lamoriello is more than twice that of his predecessor and higher than any other team in the NHL's Eastern Conference. Lamoriello has won with a payroll that has been just 75% of the typical hockey team.

    Some team owners double as GMs. The success story here is Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys (No. 13), who turned the Cowboys from a has-been to a three-time Super Bowl champion. To his credit, Jones has actually spent less on players, on average, than his league counterparts during his 18-year reign. The failure? Cincinnati Bengals owner and GM Mike Brown (No. 97), who has won half as often as his predecessor, despite outpacing the league's median payroll by 4% since taking over the franchise in 1991.

    Interestingly, most of MLB's GMs fall in the middle of the pack. One possible explanation is that baseball's relatively long season and greater yearly payroll fluctuations due to free agency create an unintended balancing effect.

    Our rankings compare each general manager to the final three years of his predecessor's tenure in two categories: (1) performance (regular season winning percentage and playoff win totals) and (2) payroll spending (relative to the league median). Performance counts twice as much in our scoring as payroll spending. Scores account for all teams where the GM held the office and are indexed to 100. A score of 120 in winning improvement means the GM won 20% more games than his predecessor. A score of 80 in payroll containment means the GM spent 20% more than the previous GM relative to the league median.
    http://www.forbes.com/2007/03/02/spo...g_0302gms.html

    Rankings

    Matt Millen is not last at 96 out of 98. That oughta be worth another contract extension!
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  • #2
    Yes, Kevin McHale is a model GM.

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    • #3
      McHale sucks. He needs to trade KG so he has a chance to win a title before his career is over...
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      • #4
        Speaking of basketball, how about those Mavs?
        Won their last 15, and the only team in NBA history to win streaks of 12 three times in a season.
        It's their year.
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        • #5
          Didn't he get busted in some kind of outside-the-rules contract thing (Joe Smith?) that cost Minn. a bunch of draft picks? Oh yeah...

          David Stern handed the Minnesota Timberwolves the death penalty (Oct 2000).

          The team that blatantly cheated by signing Joe Smith to secret contracts suffered a devastating blow with the loss of five first-round draft picks, a $3.5 million fine and the voiding of Smith's deals with the Timberwolves.

          They deserve it. They spit in the face of the league and their 28 partners by breaking the rules.
          There's your top GM in all US sports? HAHAHAHAHAHA.
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          • #6
            Nice list. Bryan Colangelo, the guy who made the Phoenix Suns into a powerhouse and won NBA executive of the year in 2005 and has now turned around the Toronto Raptors is 94th out of 98, while Isiah Thomas sits in the 82nd spot? Sure. How about Bobby Clarke - the guy who could spend nearly unlimited amounts of money to buy a competitive (but never championship) team but as soon as the salary cap hit, was exposed as an utter tool - being in 27th? Only ten spots ahead of Brian Burke too.
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            • #7
              Re: Forbes Ranks Sports GMs

              Originally posted by Lord Avalon
              Matt Millen is not last at 96 out of 98. That oughta be worth another contract extension!



              The year before he came in, the Lions finished 9-7, and the only reason they were not 10-6 and in the playoffs was because the Bears kicked a 53-yard FG with 1 second left to beat Detroit in the last game of the season.

              Millen should be burned at the stake.
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              • #8
                Aren't they talking of giving him part ownership now?
                Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
                "Hating America is something best left to Mobius. He is an expert Yank hater.
                He also hates Texans and Australians, he does diversify." ~ Braindead

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                • #9
                  Dude, are you trying to make me have a stroke?
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                  • #10
                    The key

                    to the Forbes rankings is to follow someone who was truly bad, or to be the 2nd GM of an expansion team (since expansion rules pretty much guarantee that new teams will suck for a few years).
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                    • #11
                      It's nice to see the Bulls and Bears in the top 10.

                      However, the fact that they rank Hendry from the Cubs ahead of Williams for the White Sox is a freaking joke.
                      Keep on Civin'
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                      • #12
                        The list is a complete joke.

                        Daryl Sutter isn't listed at all, out of 98 GMs.

                        On the chart are 25 NHL GMs(!), including Mike Keenan (!), Bob Clarke (!), Mike Milbury (!)...some of the worst GMs...
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                        • #13
                          Has Daryl been in place for three years? Because that was a key criteria for being on the list.
                          Keep on Civin'
                          RIP rah, Tony Bogey & Baron O

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                          • #14
                            The ranking just seems... off. By any standard, Joe Dumars is one of the absolute top GMs in the NBA, and likewise Ken Holland in the NHL.
                            "My nation is the world, and my religion is to do good." --Thomas Paine
                            "The subject of onanism is inexhaustable." --Sigmund Freud

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ming
                              Has Daryl been in place for three years? Because that was a key criteria for being on the list.
                              He's been Calgary's GM since 2003 (late 2002, actually...)
                              "The issue is there are still many people out there that use religion as a crutch for bigotry and hate. Like Ben."
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