5. Nick U’Ren/Larry Harris, Golden State Warriors
Although the Golden State Warriors might be the worst team in the NBA in the season that is currently placed on pause due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it shouldn’t be all that long until they recover.
This Warriors team is still going to get superstar point guard Stephen Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson back and fully healthy. Next season, power forward Draymond Green should also be back and healthy. What is also working in their favor is that the Warriors are going to have a full offseason and a potential top draft pick to continue to build their roster.
All of these chips that the Warriors have to see their franchise recover so fast after the dynasty years might’ve come to an end is direct credit to multiple figures in the front office. And two of the names are definitely good under-the-radar candidates for the Bulls front office at the moment.
First and foremost, director of basketball operations Nick U’Ren is a fast rising name in the NBA front office ranks. U’Ren started as a assistant video coordinator, working his way up to manager of advance scouting, and then all the way up to his current role.
The other name that sticks out is the assistant general manager and director of player personnel Larry Harris. Starting his NBA front office career way back in 2001, Harris was the Milwaukee Bucks assistant general manager, and then the overall GM. He rose his way up the NBA coaching and management ranks to join the Warriors organization in 2009 as an advisor.
Harris reportedly (NBC Sports Bay Area) interviewed with the New Orleans Pelicans for their general manager opening last year, which would eventually go to David Griffin.