The Worst GM in History? Not Quite


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.


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



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



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)



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)



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



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



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



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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