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Making the grade: NBA GM draft ratings

Jeff Goodman's NBA Draft Prospect Rankings By Jeff Goodman
CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider


Thunder GM Sam Presti tops Goodman's rankings thanks to home runs like Kevin Durant. (Getty)  
Thunder GM Sam Presti tops Goodman's rankings thanks to home runs like Kevin Durant. (Getty Images)  

NBA general managers will be on the clock Thursday night for the NBA Draft -- and we've put each under a microscope for their NBA Draft history.

We've come up with a scoring system to evaluate each current general manager/decision maker that justly rewards those who didn't screw up a top pick -- and also gives credit for nailing a selection later in the draft.

We've rated every single player, put them into a category (elite, perennial all-star, occasional all-star, solid starter, quality reserve, rotation guy, bench and overseas/out of the league).

Then we've given them a numerical value from 1 to 10 based on where they were drafted.

Sure, drafting Kevin Durant at number two in 2007 was a no-brainer for Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti, but it's still deserving of credit. Just not as much as taking, say, Steve Nash at No. 15 as Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo did back in 1996.

And we've penalized abysmal picks as well. Chris Wallace's pick of Hasheem Thabeet and Joe Dumars' selection of Darko Milicic were two of the most egregious.

For many of those taken in the 2011 NBA Draft and some in 2010, we've handed out incomplete grades to be fair.

Now it's time to see which general manager you can trust on draft night -- and which ones appear to be throwing darts.

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NBA GM Rankings
GMRating
Sam Presti (OKC)2.79
Geoff Petrie (SAC)2.58
Billy King (BKN)2.42
Danny Ainge (BOS)2.38
Danny Ferry (ATL)2.38
Rod Higgins (CHA)2.07
Kevin O'Connor (UTA)2.06
Daryl Morey (HOU)2.05
Larry Bird (IND)1.92
Bryan Colangelo (TOR)1.73
Mitch Kupchak (LAL)1.68
Ernie Grunfeld (WAS)1.65
R.C. Buford (SA)1.59
Joe Dumars (DET)1.50
John Hammond (MIL)1.36
Pat Riley (MIA)1.28
Glen Grunwald (NY)1.27
Donnie Nelson (DAL)1.15
Rod Thorn (PHI)1.02
Chris Wallace (MEM)0.95
David Kahn (MIN)0.50
Do not qualify*
GMRating
Chris Grant (CLE)6
Gar Forman (CHI)4.5
Masai Ujiri (DEN)3
Neil Olshey (POR)1
Bob Meyers (GS)N/A
Dell Demps (NO)N/A
Rob Hennigan (ORL)N/A
Lon Babby (PHO)N/A
Clippers (vacant)N/A

Goodman's NBA Draft Rating System:

Elite (examples: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant)
1-3 - 7.5 points
4-8 - 8 points
9-14 - 8.5 points
15-20 - 9 points
21-30 - 10 points
Second - 10 points

Perennial All-Star (Paul Pierce, Dirk, Chris Paul, Garnett)
1-3 - 7 points
4-8 - 7.5 points
9-14 - 8 points
15-20 - 8.5 points
21-30 - 9 points
Early 2nd (31-40) - 9.5 points
Second - 10 points

Occasional All-Star (Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, Devin Harris)
1-3 - 5 points
4-8 - 6 points
9-14 - 7 points
15-20 - 7.5 points
21-30 - 8 points
Early 2nd (31-40) - 8.5 points
Second - 9 points

Solid starter (Arron Afflalo, Tyreke Evans, Luke Ridnour, Raymond Felton)
1-3 - 2.5 points
4-8 - 3.5 points
9-14 - 4.5 points
15-20 - 5.5 points
21-30 - 6 points
Early 2nd (31-40) - 6.5 points
Second - 7 points

Quality reserve (C.J. Miles, Michael Beasley, Taj Gibson, Thaddeus Young)
1-3 - minus-1 points
4-8 - 1.5 points
9-14 - 3 points
15-20 - 4 points
21-30 - 5 points
Early 2nd (31-40) - 6 points
Second - 6.5 points

Rotation player (Ronny Turiaf, Patrick Patterson, Ryan Gomes)
1-3 - minus-3 points
4-8 - minus-1 points
9-14 - 0 points
15-20 - 1.5 points
21-30 - 2.5 points
Early 2nd (31-40) - 3.5 points
Second - 4.5 points

Bench player (A.J. Price, Jon Brockman, Luke Harangody)
1-3 - minus-5 points
4-8 - minus-4 points
9-14 - minus-3 points
15-20 - minus-1 points
21-30 - 1 points
Early 2nd (31-40) - 2.5 points
Second - 3.5 points

Overseas/Out of league (Joe Alexander, Alexis Ajinca, Morris Almond)

1-3 - Minus-7.5 points
4-8 - Minus-6.5 points
9-14 - Minus-5 points
15-20 - Minus-4 points
21-30 - Minus-3 points
Early Second (31-35) - minus-1 points
Second - 0 points

* Must have minimum of five picks to qualify

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