He seemed to get a raw deal. that roster was not set up well for success.Agreed -- that dumb GM scapegoated SVG to save his own hide as bad GMs often do. That GM is the root of everything bad on that team.
I actually thought SVG did a good job with that team. I really liked how he developed Zion into a dangerous ball-handler. Lonzo Ball had a breakout year. SVG kept them competitive despite losing Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick and having one of the worst jump-shooting groups in the league.
That was a brutal job that SVG had and it was entirely down to the failings of that GM.
To be fair Griffin was in asset collection mode this season. I actually rate him as a GM - he did as good of a job as you can ask for in terms of building around LeBron (people forget that the Cavs actually needed to switch teambuilding strategies around LeBron because they signed LeBron right before the databall explosion) and I read somewhere that he was a really good data guy in his previous stops, which is always a plus for me as long as the person in question isn't obsessed with spreadsheets. Throw in his endeavours in trying to assemble a team around Zion to fix the player's various issues (eg. movement patterns, physical shape, etc) so the organisation can maximise his potential and I really like Griffin as a GM. Obviously this firing was for him to save face after assembling a team that looked good on paper but fit horribly together, but as much as I rate SVG as a coach he's not exactly irreplaceable.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Picks: 1.10, 2.3, 3.10, 4.3, 5.10, 6.3, 7.10, 8.3, 9.10, 10.3, 11.10, 12.3, 13.10
PG: Mike Conley, Kemba Walker
SG: Fred VanVleet, D'Angelo Russell, Lugentz Dort
SF: Jimmy Butler, Royce O'Neale
PF: Draymond Green, Nicolas Batum, Cameron Johnson
C: Anthony Davis, Christian Wood, Marc Gasol