Kings name Brandon Williams Assistant GM

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  1. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    Official media release:

    Kings Name Brandon D. Williams Assistant General Manager
    Versatile Front Office Executive Brings 20 Years of Basketball Experience to Sacramento
    Posted: Jul 30, 2017
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento Kings today hired Brandon D. Williams as Assistant General Manager, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    In his new role with Sacramento, Williams will support all facets of the day-to-day operation of the Kings front office, including roster composition, player evaluation and development, contractual negotiations, free agency procurement, collegiate, G-League and NBA scouting processes and player personnel matters.

    “We are so excited that Brandon is joining our front office team,” said Divac. “He is an experienced and talented basketball executive. His knowledge of player development and basketball operations combined with his legal skills will be a strong addition to our team.”

    Williams joins the Kings organization after spending the previous four seasons as an executive with Philadelphia, most recently serving as Vice President of Basketball Administration and General Manager of the NBA G-League’s Delaware 87ers. In addition to aiding the 76ers front office in matters regarding prospect evaluation, player development, staffing recruitment and contract negotiations, the former Davidson Wildcat standout helped facilitate several NBA call-ups and coaching promotions as the 87ers General Manager.

    Before working in basketball operations from a team perspective, Williams spent nine seasons in the league office as Director of NBA Player Development (2005-07) and Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations (2007-13), overseeing standards relating to on-court operations, quality of game play, monitoring conduct and discipline and officiating performance via the Standard Observers Program. During early development of the contemporary NBA minor league system thriving today, Williams was regularly consulted on various issues to improve synergy in the league’s affiliation and assignment systems. In 2012, the Louisiana native obtained a law degree from Rutgers University.

    A veteran of nine professional seasons in the NBA, CBA, D-League and abroad, Williams’ playing career was punctuated by championships with the San Antonio Spurs (1998-99) and Sioux Falls Skyforce (2004-05)—where he played for current Kings Head Coach Dave Joerger. His playing resume includes appearances with the Golden State Warriors (1997-98), San Antonio Spurs, Huntsville Flight (G-League), Atlanta Hawks (2002-03), Sioux Falls and significant experience oversees in France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Israel.
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  2. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    I like that this is another hire with significant NBA league office experience.
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  3. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

  4. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    quite a resume this guy has. This can only bid well for Divac moving forward due to all the experience. now let's start building a winner.
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  5. Jimbob

    Jimbob Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good young hire. From what Iv'e read I like the idea of Brandon over signing Otis Smith.
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  6. pshn80

    pshn80 Well-Known Member

    Very interesting person and hire. Love hat Vlade eye. Good luck.
  7. gunks

    gunks Well-Known Member

    Seems like the right guy to bring along for this rebuilding project.

    Nice hire.
  8. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Well-Known Member

    Is he is an assistant GM or GM?

    What happens with Ken Cantenella, I thought he was assistant GM?

    Do we have 2 Assistant GMS now?

    Why not give GM status to the right hire?
  9. Tetsujin

    Tetsujin The Game Thread Dude

    Because Vlade's our (effective) GM. A team's allowed to have multiple assistant GMs just like it can have multiple assistant coaches.
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  10. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Well-Known Member

    So, is Williams effectively taking Perry's spot as the #2 behind Vlade?
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  11. pshn80

    pshn80 Well-Known Member

    Yes, and your point is?

    Nice hire, Vlade.
  12. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Well-Known Member

    It's a question, since there are now 2 "assistant GMs".
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  13. Deb M

    Deb M New Member

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  14. RichieInRocklin

    RichieInRocklin Active Member

  15. pshn80

    pshn80 Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they won't fill the Perry position until a later time when they wish to promote an existing staff member. Just a guess.
  16. allrightythen

    allrightythen Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they don't feel the need to fill the position at all. From what I read it seemed that Perry's biggest asset was his ability to communicate and his network of relationships. He had a lot more experience than Williams so I think it made sense to give him more autonomy and responsibility. While I'm sure Williams brings some similar abilities he has quite earned what Scott has at this point.
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  17. bajaden

    bajaden Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't get all caught up in titles folks. If you look at any big corporation, you'll find that they have multiple vice presidents. All that matters, is can you do the job your given? From everything I've read on Williams, he appears to be a very solid choice. He was one of the few who transitioned from the old 76ér front office to the new one, and that speaks volumes about the man. If you survive the house cleaning, you must be very highly respected by the incoming powers. That's enough for me. At least for now.
  18. King Baller

    King Baller Well-Known Member

    So Williams was part of the Hinkie Front Office and was retained by both Colangelos? That in and of itself is pretty amazing.
  19. allrightythen

    allrightythen Well-Known Member

    Anyone here the interview this morning on KHTK? I thought Brandon came across as really well spoken and intelligent. He seems very dedicated and very focused on the task which I like. Here's to hoping all that works to help out the Kings.
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  20. otis29

    otis29 New Member

    Seems strange they didn't want to keep him. I mean, it's not like he came to Sacramento to take the top job.

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