25. Dell Demps
Dell Demps was never a standout player in the NBA. He played just three seasons in the league, totaling just 20 games played. In between year’s one and three, Demps played in the CBA.
When Demps returned from the CBA, he signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs before the 1995-96 season. This was where he spent 16 of the 20 games he played, and mostly filled an end-of-the-bench role for the Spurs as a point guard.
Demps never made an impact in San Antonio, as he averaged just 5.4 minutes and 3.3 points per game. The team waived him after the 1995-96 season, which saw him sign with the Orlando Magic, play two more games and be done with an on-court career.
However, NBA fans may know Demps for his current role as the General Manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. He took over the role in 2010, most notably trading Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011 and acquiring DeMarcus Cousins in February 2017. Demps also selected Anthony Davis No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Demps carved out a solid career for himself as an executive. His Pelicans have had a difficult time making the playoffs, but some personnel decisions paid off for him, in order to keep his job. This general manager was once a San Antonio Spur, though, just before the team’s golden age.