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Encyclopedia > Rob Babcock

Rob Babcock is the former general manager of the Toronto Raptors. The term general manager is a title used by an executive in a business operation, although the duties of the position vary according to the context. ... The Toronto Raptors are a National Basketball Association team based in Toronto, Ontario. ...


Babcock has 17 years of NBA management experience. He was named to Toronto Raptors head the team’s basketball operations June 7, 2004. The Toronto Raptors are a National Basketball Association team based in Toronto, Ontario. ...


Babcock earned his master’s degree in secondary education and psychology from Arizona State University in 1977. He received an undergraduate degree in 1974 from Grand Canyon with a bachelor of arts in education and social studies.


Prior to working in the NBA on a full-time basis, he was head coach at Phoenix (Arizona) College, where his teams advanced to the ACCAC playoffs twice and were the regional runners-up in 1986. He joined the NBA in 1987 as the director of scouting for the Denver Nuggets. He has also held part-time scouting positions with the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Diego Clippers and Indiana Pacers before joining the Nuggets staff. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Denver Nuggets are a National Basketball Association team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers are a National Basketball Association team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Indiana Pacers are a National Basketball Association team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ...


Babcock then completed a successful tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves after 12 seasons. The last two as the team’s vice-president of player personnel. He served as the director of player personnel from 1994-2002 and two seasons (1992-94) as a fulltime scout. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


Babcock left Minnesota to accept the Raptors' GM position, which was vacated after the firing of longtime GM Glen Grunwald. Babcock's first move as GM was drafting center Rafael Araujo 8th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft, a widely criticized move, considering highly touted Andre Iguodala was drafted with the next pick. Araujo's disappointing play has fueled the criticism of Babcock. As well, prior to the 2004-2005 season, Babcock signed mercurial point guard Rafer Alston to a 5 year deal. The move backfired, with Alston reportedly threatening to retire after repeated altercations with head coach Sam Mitchell. Glen Grunwald is the former general manager of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He was GM of the club from March 1998 until April, 2004. ... Rafael Paulo Araújo (born August 12, 1980 in Curitiba, Brazil) is a professional basketball player in the NBA currently with the Toronto Raptors. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Basketball Association draft is an annual U.S. event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams can select young players who wish to join the league. ... Andre Iguodala Andre Tyler Iguodala (born January 28, 1984 in Springfield, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. Iguodala, a 66, 207-pound (1. ... Steve Nash is one of todays best point guards. ... Rafer Jamel Alston, a. ... Samuel E. Mitchell (born September 2, 1963 in Columbus, Georgia) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. ...


On December 17, 2004 Babcock traded a then disgruntled Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams and two first round draft picks. He has come under fire from Raptor fans for this trade, which was regarded as one of the most lopsided deals in NBA history. Mourning never played a game for the Raptors, and his contract was in fact bought out shortly after the trade, supposedly due to career-threatening injury. However, Mourning signed on with the Miami Heat shortly thereafter. The two Williamses play limited minutes for the Raptors, and Joey Graham, drafted with one of the picks acquired from New Jersey, has struggled thus far in his rookie season. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vince Carter was a McDonalds All-American Player in 1995 [1]. He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina. ... The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... #33, Alonzo Mourning Alonzo Mourning (born February 8, 1970 in Chesapeake, Virginia) is a NBA player who is currently on the Miami Heat roster following a short stint with the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors where he was on the injured reserve list despite having made a comeback after... Aaron Williams (born October 2, 1971 in Evanston, Illinois) is a professional basketball player currently with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He was undrafted after a college career at Xavier University, and has played for the Utah Jazz, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Denver Nuggets, the Vancouver Grizzlies (now the... Eric C. Williams (born July 17, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player currently with the National Basketball Associations Toronto Raptors. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Joey Joseph Graham (born June 11, 1982 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ...


In the 2005 NBA Draft, Babcock again defied experts by drafting Charlie Villanueva with the 7th overall pick, a move roundly criticized throughout the NBA. However, Villanueva has been a pleasant surprise, earning NBA Rookie of the Month honors in December 2005. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Charlie Alexander Villanueva (born August 24, 1984 in Brooklyn, New York), a first-generation American, son of Dominican immigrants, Roberto Villanueva (Father) and Doris Mejia (Mother). ... December 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → 31 December 2005 (Saturday) 25-year-old Scottish human rights worker Kate Burton and her parents are freed unharmed in the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped them two days earlier. ...


Babcock made two other surprising moves which earned him praise within the NBA. They including the signing of Jose Calderon from Spain the trading of Alston to the Houston Rockets for point guard/shooting guard Mike James on October 4, 2005. James has outperformed Alston this season by a significant margin. José Manuel Calderón (born September 28, 1981) is a Spanish professional basketball player who signed with the NBAs Toronto Raptors on August 3, 2005. ... The Houston Rockets are a National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... Dwyane Wade is one of todays best shooting guards. ... Michael Lamont James (born June 23, 1975 in Amityville, New York) is a professional basketball player who plays for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA. He is 62 tall and 190 lbs in weight. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


However, the Raptors began the 2005-2006 season with 9 straight losses and later 1-15. The team improved in December, but continued to struggle in January.


On January 26th, 2006, just one and half years after being hired as Raptors GM, Babcock was relieved of his duties as the General Manager of the team. Ending one of the most controversal era in Raptors history. The relieve of Babcock's duties came also quite suprisingly, especially since Babcock did considerablely well in his second season by drafting Charlie Villaneuva, Joey Graham and trading the troublesome Rafer Alston for Mike James.


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Rob Babcock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (914 words)
Babcock left Minnesota to accept the Raptors' GM position, which was vacated after the firing of longtime GM Glen Grunwald.
Babcock's first move as GM was drafting center Rafael Araujo 8th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft, a widely criticized move from the onset, considering highly touted Andre Iguodala was drafted with the next pick.
With MLSE citing a lack of confidence in Babcock's abilities, Embry was elevated to Senior Advisor to MLSE President and CEO Richard Peddie, bypassing Babcock in the chain of command.
RAPTORS: ROB BABCOCK (578 words)
Babcock comes to Toronto after a successful tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves where the franchise qualified for the postseason the past eight consecutive years and registered an impressive 50 or more victories in four of the past five seasons.
Babcock joined the NBA in 1987 as the director of scouting for the Denver Nuggets.
Prior to working in the NBA on a full-time basis, Babcock was head coach at Phoenix (Arizona) College, where his teams advanced to the ACCAC playoffs twice and were the regional runners-up in 1986.
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