ESPN revealed their power rankings of NBA front offices on Monday, and for the second year in a row, the Toronto Raptors failed to crack the top 10.
Coming in at no. 13 last year, the Raptors' suits have apparently upped their game this season, climbing to the 11th spot on the list.
Voting was conducted by an ESPN panel, rating each team's owner, basketball decision-maker and coach on a scale of one to 10. The panel took both short and long-term outlook into effect when determining rank.
It should come as no surprise that the San Antonio Spurs are the class of the league for a second consecutive year. R.C. Buford and Greg Popovich spearhead a group that has led the Spurs to five championships since 1999 all while keeping the same core group together.
The Raptors are fortunate that the other teams in their division are apparently inept by comparison. Outside of the Boston Celtics, the other three teams in the Atlantic Division (Philadelphia, Brooklyn and New York) find themselves in the bottom third of the league. The Nets and Knicks sit 29th and 30th respectively.
For those interested in the complete list, you can find the original ESPN article here.