A front office job is not for every NBA player. Only 12 of the 30 current general managers are former players, and some of the most successful GMs have no notable playing background, while some of the greatest players in NBA history have spotty records running teams.
There are some qualities that may indicate a player might succeed as an executive, though. The most cerebral players and the ones who are best prepared night in and night out would seem to be best positioned to call the shots from a desk, if they so desired.
Steve Nash dipped his toe in the water when he was named general manager of Team Canada. His duties may not be very complicated compared to an NBA boss’ responsibilities, but a heady player like Nash could be positioning himself for a job in the future.
What other current players might make good GMs down the line? Click below to see our list.