Maple Leafs follow an NBA trend with hiring of Kyle Dubas

Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti (AFP)

Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

Hockey hirings like the Maple Leafs' announcement Tuesday that 28-year-old Kyle Dubas is the team's new assistant general manager are relatively novel, but the NBA has been giving young, up-and-comers a shot for a while now.

Sam Presti worked his way up from a 23-year-old intern in San Antonio, to the NBA's youngest general manager, at 30, in Seattle back in 2007.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (the former Seattle franchise) has made one Finals appearance since and remains a title contender.

Two years ago, the Orlando Magic brought in Rob Hennigan – a Presti understudy who had followed a similar career path with the Spurs and Thunder – at 30, to become the NBA's latest, youngest GM.

Hennigan managed to bring back some value in dealing Dwight Howard and is building an intriguing group in Orlando.


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