Rob Hennigan Rumors
The Oklahoma City Thunder named Rob Hennigan as Vice President of Insight & Foresight and promoted Will Dawkins to Vice President of Identification & Intelligence, it was announced today by Executive Vice President & General Manager Sam Presti. In his role, Hennigan will oversee key functions that include Strategic Planning, Data Science & Solutions and Information Management & Counsel. Dawkins will lead the Thunder’s Amateur Evaluation and oversee the Pro Evaluation function.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Rob back to the Thunder. He was here in the earliest stages of the organization in 2008 as we built the foundation for the Thunder that we are continuing to build from as we enter our 10th season in Oklahoma City,” said Presti. “Will has proven to be a true, organic, rising talent within our organization having held several roles and now moving into a vice president and pillar lead position within our executive management team.”
Hennigan acquired Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O’Quinn and Victor Oladipo through the draft or through trades, and those players once were regarded as key elements of the Magic’s rebuilding plan. And yet, how much did any of those players improve during their Magic tenures? The answer: very little.
One of the biggest issues, according to league sources outside of the current Magic hierarchy, was the Magic’s tendency to give youngsters playing time early in their careers without requiring the youngsters to earn their playing time.