2013 NBA draft sets new GM in frantic rush
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The NBA draft is an exhausting exercise for team executives, a process that unfolds over a matter of years but crescendos during the final eight months in which they determine which prospects work best for their respective rosters.
And then there’s the Pete D’Alessandro draft experience.
Just 10 days after being introduced as the general manager of the Sacramento Kings, the former Denver Nuggets executive and his newly formed front office team will decide what to do with the No. 7 pick Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
There’s plenty at stake, as the Kings haven’t made the playoffs in seven seasons and are attempting to turn things around after the team was bought by Vivek Ranadive in May.
The workload that D’Alessandro described as “six months of work in nine days” might be unprecedented because of the circumstances.
“We’re still trying to put an organization together as well,” D’Alessandro told USA TODAY Sports. “I do my West Coast calls at night because I figure I can get people at 9 o’clock here and try to work my East Coast calls in the daytime. This morning I woke up at 5:30, and I don’t know what time I’ll get back to the hotel tonight.
“It’s one of those head-hits-the-pillow things when you get to sleep, which I think it is for everyone. But it’s the additional stuff, the additional responsibilities in a short period of time, that highlight the amount of work we have to do right now.”
It’s not as if D’Alessandro is starting from scratch.
He was second in command for the Nuggets with former general manager Masai Ujiri (now with the Toronto Raptors), meaning he knows the prospects but can now consider the top-tier talent that wasn’t in the Nuggets’ mix because they won a franchise-record 57games last season (Denver is picking 27th).
“In some ways, there’s a bit of relief, because you always say, ‘If only we could get up five spots.’ But you never say, ‘If only we could get up 20 spots,’” D’Alessandro said. “And I didn’t do it by trade — it’s like I got traded.”
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