NBA Lockout Vigil: Day 125


Tonight would have been the opening night for the Sixers, who would be out of the country and in Toronto playing the Raptors. I’m not feeling well, though that probably has nothing to do with the missed game.

On that note, Ed Stefanski, on his quest to demolish the Atlantic Division, is now GM for the Raptors. As Sixers GM, well, he didn’t have a successful lead role. But I think it’s fair to say that he wasn’t terrible, either, and that it’s also fair to say that NBA GMs in general are difficult to evaluate, especially in only a couple of years.

I’ve gone over this before, but our perspective on Stefanski is completely based on hindsight. I agreed with many of his decisions that have been second-guessed at the time they were made: signing Elton Brand and drafting Evan Turner. I also disagreed with many: the size of the Iguodala extension and hiring Eddie Jordan. As you may know, none of these, to this moment, have worked out all that well. But he had his high points, such as drafting Jrue Holiday (a nice gift) and the shrewd Korver and Meeks trades, among others. What this tells me is something that, I think, many throughout the NBA know: executives need a LOT of time to prove they could do a competent job. Did Stefanski have enough time? Probably. But his one chance at a major move blew up in his face, with Brand’s freak injury and subsequent disdain for Eddie Jordan making him one of the biggest mistakes in franchise history (even with his rebound, his contract sets the team back for years).

Point being: I’m not sure Stefanski is as bad as we’re making him out to be, even with his rampant talk about nonsense about everything having to make “basketball sense” and not making a major move to try and get out of this current mess. He might be alright, especially in the role he’ll now have in Toronto.

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