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The Worst GM in History? Not Quite


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David Kahn. 

He's everybody's favorite punchline. He can't even joke that the lottery is rigged to benefit sick kids and widows without people getting into a tizzy. Many Wolves' fans want him fired and put the blame for the past two seasons on his shoulders.

I'm telling you. It could be worse.

Take a look through a history of general managers who have made David Kahn look like Red Auerbach by comparison.

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Billy Knight - Atlanta Hawks (2002-2008)

Record: 216-358 (.376)

Playoff Appearances: 1 (Lost in first round)

Notable Draft Picks:

-Josh Childress, 2004, 6th (Luol Deng 7th; Andre Iguodala 9th)

-Marvin Williams, 2005, 2nd (Deron Williams 3rd; Chris Paul 4th)

-Shelden Williams, 2006, 5th (Brandon Roy 5th; Rudy Gay 8th)

Notable Transactions:

-A future 1st round pick (Carlos Delfino) to Sacramento for Dan Dickau

-Stephen Jackson to Indiana for Al Harrington

-Jason Terry, Alan Henderson and a 1st round pick to Dallas for Antoine Walker and Tony Delk

-Signed Zaza Pachulia to $16 million over 4 years

 

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Elgin Baylor - Los Angeles Clippers (1986-2008)

Record: 619-1153 (.349)

Playoff Appearances: 4 (Lost in first round three times; lost in WCF 1 time)

Notable Draft Picks:

- Danny Ferry, 1989, 2nd (Sean Elliott, 3rd; Glen Rice, 4th; Tim Hardaway, 14th)

- Lorenzen Wright, 1996, 7th (Kobe Bryant, 13th; Peja Stojakovic, 14th; Steve Nash, 15th)

- Michael Olowokandi, 1998, 1st (Mike Bibby, 2nd; Antawn Jamison, 4th; Vince Carter, 5th)

Notable Transactions:

- Antonio McDyess and Randy Woods to Denver for Rodney Rogers and Brent Barry

- Andre Miller and Bryant Stith to Cleveland for Darius Miles and Harold Jamison

- 2004 1st round pick (Emeka Okafor) to Charlotte for 2004 1st (Shaun Livingston) and 2004 2nd (Lionel Chalmers)

- Signed Eric Piatkowski to 4 year, $12 million contract

 

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Kevin McHale  - Minnesota Timberwolves (1994-2008)

Record: 571-630 (.475)

Playoff Appearances: 8 (7 1st round losses, 1 Western Conference Finals)

Notable Draft Picks:

- Paul Grant, 1997, 20th (Anthony Parker, 21st; Bobby Jackson, 23rd)

- Relinquished 5 first-round draft choices and was fined $3.5 million for illegally signing Joe Smith

- Rashad McCants, 2005, 14th (Danny Granger, 17th; Hakim Warrick, 19th)

Notable Transactions:

- Rights to Ray Allen and Andrew Lang to Milwaukee for rights to Stephon Marbury and 1999 1st round pick (William Avery)

- J.R. Rider to Portland for James Robinson, Bill Curley and 1997 1st (Paul Grant)

- Signed Trenton Hassell to 6-year, $27 million contract; signed Troy Hudson to 6-year, $37 million contract

- Sam Cassell and unprotected 1st round pick to LA Clippers for Marko Jaric and Lionel Chalmers

- Brandon Roy to Portland for Randy Foye and cash

 - Kevin Garnett to Boston for Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair and 2 1st round picks (Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington)

 

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Isiah Thomas - New York Knicks (2003-2008)

Record: 151-259 (.368)

Playoff Appearances: 1 (Lost first round)

Notable Draft Picks:

- Renaldo Balkman, 2006, 20th (Rajon Rondo, 17th; Shannon Brown, 25th)

Notable Transactions:

- Antonio McDyess, Maciej Lampe, Howard Eisley, Charlie Ward, Milos Vujanic and 2 1sts (Kirk Snyder and Gordon Hayward) to Phoenix for Stephen Marbury, Penny Hardaway and Cezary Trybanski

- Signed Jared Jeffries to a 5-year, $30 million contract

- Signed Jerome James to 5-year, $30 million contract

- Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney, Jermaine Jackson, 2 1sts (LaMarcus Aldridge and Joakim Noah) and 2 2nds (Kyrylo Fesenko and Jon Brockman) to Chicago for Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis and 1st round pick (Wilson Chandler)

 

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Rob Babcock - Toronto Raptors (2003-2006)

Record: 93-152 (.378)

Playoff Appearances: 0

Notable Draft Picks:

- Rafael Araujo, 2004, 8th (Andre Iguodala, 9th; Al Jefferson, 15th)

- Charlie Villanueva, 2005, 7th (Andrew Bynum, 10th; Danny Granger, 17th)

Notable Transactions:

- Vince Carter to New Jersey for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and 2 1st round picks (Joey Graham and Renaldo Balkman)

- Signed Morris Peterson to 3-year, $15 million contract

- Signed Rafer Alston to a 6-year, $29 million contract and traded a year later to Houston for Mike James

 

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Matt Millen - Detroit Lions (2001-2008)

Record: 31-84

Playoff Appearances: 0

Notable Draft Picks:

- Joey Harrington, 2002, 62 interceptions in 55 starts

- Charles Rogers, 2003, 4 touchdowns in 9 career starts

- Mike Williams, 2005, 2 touchdowns in 6 career starts

 

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Montgomery Burns - Springfield Nuclear Power Plant (1991-1992)

Record: 1-1

Playoff Appearances: N/A

Notable Transactions:

- Attempted to sign Honus Wagner, Cap Anson, Mordecai Brown, Gabby Street, Pie Traynor, Harry Hooper, Nap Lajoie, Joe Jackson and Jim Creighton, who were all either long retired or dead

- Kicked Don Mattingly off the team due to sideburns that didn't really exist

- Gave Mike Scioscia radiation poisoning

- Pinch-hit Homer Simpson for Darryl Strawberry

 

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Michael Scott - Dunder Mifflin Office (2005)

Record: 0-1

Playoff Appearances: N/A

Notable Transactions:

- Signed Stanley Hudson, despite Hudson not knowing how to dribble a basketball

- Signed Dwight Schrute, who had already disappointed when Scott had vouched for him in front of Todd Packer

- Passed over Kevin Malone and Phyllis Lapin, despite high school experience

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