Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies
GM experience: 23 seasons, Lakers (1982-2000), Grizzlies (2002-2007)
Record as GM: Lakers (972-472, .673), Grizzlies (194-216, .473)
Playoff appearances: 20
NBA titles: 5 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000)
Bottom line: Thank former Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke for Jerry West becoming the greatest architect in the game. After West's playing days with the Lakers, Cooke encouraged West to coach and be a part of personnel decisions. The rest is basketball history.
First, West built the "Showtime" Lakers with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and others. Then, he signed Shaquille O'Neal, traded for Kobe Bryant and built the 2000 championship Lakers team. When Phil Jackson arrived, West got pushed out of Lakerland and spent five years in Memphis.
In 2011, he became an executive board member of the Warriors and served as an adviser, helping recruit Kevin Durant and make other key moves to bring two titles to Oakland in 2015 and 2017.
Since June 2017, West has been on the executive board of the Clippers. He joined the team because he thinks owner Steve Ballmer is a "winner," and helped land Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. West's next big move is to turn Los Angeles into a Clippers town.