ESPN continued its completely subjective rankings of everything NBA with a ranking of both the NBA owners and the NBA management teams this past week.
Thursday, ESPN unveiled its ranking of NBA owners, naming Magic owner Rich DeVos and RDV Sports, Inc. as the 16th best ownership/ownership group in the league, behind Vivek Ranadive of Sacramento and ahead of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Larry Tenanbaum of the Raptors.
The ranking has Rob Hennigan and his staff ranked 18th, behind the Hawks and ahead of the Jazz. Those rankings came out Tuesday.
Considering where the Magic are at, it is not surprising to see the Magic somewhere in the middle of the pack. Rob Hennigan’s rebuild is two years in and wins are not coming quickly. Not without a key piece to the puzzle. That *should* come in the 2014 NBA Draft and then things will be coming more into focus.
And that is when Hennigan will have to begin making some serious decisions for this franchise’s future. For sure, the Magic should want to see a bigger step forward this upcoming season.
As for DeVos, it is hard to argue with the rankings for DeVos. He has been willing to spend in recent years with a championship in sight, but has not spent wisely. Sure, the Magic made some good moves to keep the window open in the 2010 season, but the trades in December 2010 set the franchise back and very realistically closed the door to keeping Dwight Howard. At the time of those deals, Otis Smith said it took a lot of persuading to get “the family” on board with taking on Gilbert Arenas.
Maybe a stronger willed owner looking at those deals honestly would have seen the desperation involved in those moves and the cap consequences that would come with them. Orlando needs these two years just to dig itself out of that calamity.
The buck stops somewhere, right?
DeVos has always been committed to fielding a quality team. He almost did that to a fault in the mid-2000s and he put the investment necessary to try to take advantage of Dwight Howard and the title run in 2009 and 2010. Only time will tell that direction this franchise and organization takes as the rebuild continues.
For now, the rankings seem fair.