Was Ed Stefanski a good hire?
Ed Stefanski was recently hired as the Grizzlies’ Executive Vice President of Player Personnel. Stefanski has previously had roles with the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and New Jersey Nets. According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Memphis Grizzlies have reached agreement with well-respected executive Ed Stefanski to become executive vice president of player personnel, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies’ player personnel and scouting areas, serving under general manager Chris Wallace, sources said. Stefanski brings a strong player personnel background, as well as excellent relationships with front-office peers and agents.
In the aftermath of CEO Jason Levien’s firing in Memphis, Stefanski’s hiring is important in delivering Wallace and the organization an experienced, accomplished basketball executive. The return of Wallace to the top basketball job – and the addition of Stefanski – promises to help reconstruct the Grizzlies’ credibility around the league.
Stefanski worked as a general manager with the Philadelphia 76ers and played a key role in the Nets’ roster overhaul a decade ago that led to consecutive NBA finals appearances.
Most recently, Stefanski worked under former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo as the executive VP of basketball operations.
As noted by Woj, the hiring will bring front office experience to the Grizzlies, which is never a bad thing. Although, Stefanski wasn’t known as the best GM in the league during his tenure with the 76ers, but he might be better served in his role in Memphis. The Grizzlies’ front office has faced a lot of turnover this off-season, and this may be the last hiring, which would provide some stability. Working in tandem with Chris Wallace will allow the two to make joint decisions in consultation with the rest of the front office.
Stefanski also played in the NBA for the 76ers, and was their 10th selection in the 1976 draft.