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ESPN ranks owners: Les #5

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  1. awc713

    awc713 Member
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    It's an insider's article, here it is copy and pasted:

    Welcome to #NBAfrontofficerank, our first #NBArank for management.

    OUR PREDICTION ENGINE


    These NBA front-office rankings are powered by ESPN Forecast.

    We're continuing our rankings with a look at the league's owners. We'll reveal our final two categories -- presidents/general managers and coaches -- on Thursday and Friday. (Our ranking of all 30 teams' overall management was revealed Tuesday, and can be seen here.)

    We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to rate every owner, basketball decision-maker and coach from 0 to 10, and we asked the panel to tell us how important each role is.

    In particular, we asked the voters to rate each team's ownership in terms of their performance in guiding the franchise to overall on-court success, both in the short and long term.

    From there, we simply calculated the ratings to determine the best and worst owners in the NBA.

    Here's what we found. For a detailed explanation of our findings, click here.

    RANK TEAM RATING

    1


    San Antonio Spurs
    Spurs Sports & Entertainment, Peter Holt 9.16

    2


    Dallas Mavericks
    Dallas Basketball Limited, Mark Cuban 8.48

    3


    Miami Heat
    Miami Heat Limited Partnership, Micky Arison 8.43

    4


    Boston Celtics
    Boston Basketball Partners LLC, Wyc Grousbeck 7.75

    5


    Houston Rockets
    Rocket Ball, Ltd., Leslie Alexander 7.41

    6


    Indiana Pacers
    Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Herb Simon 7.18

    7


    Golden State Warriors
    GSW Sports LLC, Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber 6.66

    8


    Brooklyn Nets
    ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, Mikhail Prokhorov 6.61

    9


    Chicago Bulls
    Chicago Professional Sports Limited Partnership,
    Jerry Reinsdorf 6.52

    10


    Portland Trail Blazers
    Vulcan Inc, Paul Allen 6.41

    11


    Oklahoma City Thunder
    The Professional Basketball Club LLC, Clayton Bennett 6.23

    12


    Memphis Grizzlies
    Memphis Basketball LLC, Robert Pera 6.09

    13


    Utah Jazz
    Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, Greg Miller 5.77

    14


    Los Angeles Lakers
    The Los Angeles Lakers, Inc., Family trust managed by Jim and Jeanie Buss 5.45

    15


    Sacramento Kings
    Vivek Ranadive 5.36

    16


    Orlando Magic
    RDV Sports Inc, Richard DeVos 5.34

    17


    Toronto Raptors
    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Larry Tanenbaum 5.11

    18


    New Orleans Pelicans
    New Orleans Hornets NBA Limited Partnership,
    Tom Benson 5.11

    19


    Denver Nuggets
    Kroenke Sports Enterprise, Josh Kroenke 5.09

    20


    Washington Wizards
    Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ted Leonsis 4.73

    21


    Philadelphia 76ers
    Philadelphia 76ers Inc, Joshua Harris 4.57

    22


    Atlanta Hawks
    Atlanta Spirit LLC, Bruce Levenson and Michael Gearon Jr. 4.43

    23


    Phoenix Suns
    Suns Legacy Partners, Robert Sarver 4.36

    24


    Detroit Pistons
    Palace Sports & Entertainment, Tom Gores 4.36

    25


    Minnesota Timberwolves
    Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Limited Partnership, Glen Taylor 3.98

    26


    Milwaukee Bucks
    Milwaukee Bucks Inc, Herb Kohl 3.95

    27


    Cleveland Cavaliers
    Cavaliers Operating Company, Dan Gilbert 3.82

    28


    Charlotte Bobcats
    Bobcats Sports & Entertainment, Michael Jordan 3.41

    29


    Los Angeles Clippers
    LAC Basketball Club, Inc., Donald Sterling 3.36

    30


    New York Knicks
    Madison Square Garden Inc, James Dolan 2.14
     
  2. mvpcrossxover

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    Effin Texas and their sport franchises. :rolleyes:
     
  3. awc713

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    Interesting that the Clippers are ranked 29th
     
  4. shastarocket

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    Wow, really weird seeing Lakers at 14
     
  5. BigBenito

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    The son has been suspect.
     
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    Isn't he a racist bigot who's helmed the worst sports franchise of all-time?
     
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    Why is that so hard to understand that Donald Sterling and Dolan are last. Or are you trying to make a joke?

    Now, making Jordan 28th is something I might not admit to his face.
     
  8. awc713

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    Did not know of his racist history...nor how long he's owned the Clips for...

    The Clips have been putrid my whole life, granted, but right now he's shelling out major bucks for a lot of big name players.
     
  9. what

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    Portland would be in my top 5. They do just about everything right. Their front office is excellent.
     
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    Also putting the miami heat in the top 5 is a joke. The only reason miami has a good team is because of geography, not business savvy.
     
  11. heypartner

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    Not to mention Paul Allen just won the Super Bowl, too.

    I assume some of the issues with the Rose Garden had him drop...and the Jailblazer's era, maybe unfairly so
     
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    Yeah, I guess signing Chris Paul moved him up a notch.
     
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    Right..
     
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    The Raptors ownership should be much higher. MLSE was sold a few years ago, new owners, big pockets, yet they don't interfere with the basketball side of things and give Ujiri full control.

    I don't know where exactly to rank them, lots of good owners. Besides, it's early. But they are definitely not no.17.

    By the way, Clay Bennett's cheapness led to OKC losing Harden. I'm surprised he's so high in this poll.
     
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    It's "what". At this point why even bother.
     
  17. Houstunna

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    Les tries. Always looking to improve team whether it be for money or winning.

    Good owner. Glad he's getting top 5 praise.
     
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    Blazers owner, Paul Allen, is the league's wealthiest... maybe NFL too, as he owns the Seahawks.
     
  19. MONON

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    The Lakers are 14 simply because of Jerry Buss. The current ownership of Jim & Jeanne are 25th at best.
     
  20. DonatasFanboy

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    By the way, to correct OP a little, this isn't an insider article.

    It's one of a series of 'free' polls on espn, kind of like how they rank players every year.

    They ranked teams by owners (Les is ranked no.5)

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10710924/2014-nba-front-office-rankings-owners

    GMs (Morey at no. 5)

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10711364/2014-nba-front-office-rankings-top-executives

    coaches (McHale at no.13)

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10717235/2014-nba-front-office-rankings-coaches

    And then they combined those 3 to get overall front office ranking (Rockets at no.7)

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10708140/2014-nba-front-office-rankings

    Overall, take it for what it's worth, it's just a bunch of espn and blogger people filling out a poll. But it somewhat reflects general media perception, I guess.
     

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