Doc Rivers has been ranked in the bottom 10 decision-makers in the NBA, according to ESPN’s annual front-office rankings.
Rivers, who was appointed President of Basketball Operations during the offseason, has been oft-criticised for his decision-making as GM since taking the helm.
You can see a list of the moves he’s made here, which includes the controversial acquisition of his son, Austin Rivers, earlier this season.
It was the lowest ranking amongst teams headed for this season’s playoffs.
Yesterday, the overall front-office rankings were revealed with the Los Angeles Clippers ranked 17th overall — falling three spots from last year.
Over at ESPN, Clipperblog’s own Andrew Han talks about some of the issues surrounding the team’s basketball operations (and also how it’s at least trying to remedy its mistakes):
Take, for example, the arrivals for two recent roster additions: Austin Rivers and Jordan Hamilton. In the case of Austin Rivers, the number of mistakes that needed to be hastily corrected to acquire him is startling: It required the admission that Jordan Farmar and Chris Douglas-Roberts were incompatible for this team, that using the bi-annual exception on Farmar — which contributed to the Clippers’ hard cap and thus the trading away of Jared Dudley and a first-round pick — was a mistake. That’s a lot of errors to own up to in quick succession.
The front-office rankings are according to ESPN’s forecast panel consisting of more than 200 NBA experts.
Coach and owner rankings will be released later this week.