Tony Parker is the reason Sam Presti is an NBA general manager. As a wunderkind in the San Antonio Spurs organization, it was Presti that championed the selection of Parker with the 28th pick of the 2001 draft. For a team like the Spurs, who had just been swept in the Western Conference finals, finding a player that could even crack the roster late in the first round was a pipe dream. At the behest of a 23-year old, fresh off receiving a Communications degree, the Spurs got a star that helped them build a dynasty.
When the Seattle Supersonics hired him six years later, they expected an elite talent evaluator to lead the team’s rebuild. They got just that. Famously, Presti’s first three drafts wound up selecting a future league MVP. Of course, two of those drafts were while the team was still in Seattle. Who cares about those?
Since moving to OKC in 2008, Presti’s draft selections have been, let’s say, a mixed bag. His top-5 choices in the 405 have been: