Billy King was named as the Nets' general manager on July 14, 2010, and oversees all aspects of the team’s basketball operations.
King wasted no time putting his stamp on the Nets in his first season as general manager, making a mid-season blockbuster trade to acquire All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz on February 23, 2011. In July of 2012, King garnered rave reviews for completely overhauling the now Brooklyn Nets roster, as he re-signed Williams to a multi-year pact, traded for All-Star guard Joe Johnson, and re-signed center Brook Lopez, who made his first All-Star appearance in 2013. The Nets advanced to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season with their revamped roster.
In the summer of 2013, King continued his transformation of the Nets franchise, as he traded with Boston for former All-Stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, and signed free-agent Andrei Kirilenko, also a former All-Star. The Nets advanced to the playoffs for the second consecutive season, defeating the Atlantic Division champion Toronto Raptors in an epic seven-game First Round series, marking the franchise’s first-ever game seven victory, before falling to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
King joined the Nets after spending 10 years with the Philadelphia 76ers organization, serving as the team’s president from 2003-2007. King joined the 76ers in June, 1997 as vice president of basketball administration, a role in which he served as the point person for basketball operations. Less than a year later he was promoted to general manager, a position he held until being named team president following the 2002-03 season.
During his 10-year tenure, King guided the team to five consecutive playoff appearances (1999-2003), including the 2000-01 season in which the Sixers captured the Atlantic Division title on the heels of a 56-26 season. The Sixers went on to win their first Eastern Conference Championship since 1983, advancing to the 2001 NBA Finals.
Before joining the 76ers, King served as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers for four seasons under Larry Brown. He joined the professional ranks after spending four seasons as an assistant at Illinois State University under Head Coach Bob Bender. King also spent one year as a color analyst for ESPN's basketball coverage of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Holding several roles within the USA Basketball program throughout his career, King has served as a member of USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team Program Advisory Panel, on USA Basketball’s Board of Directors, as treasurer of USA Basketball and as an athlete representative on the 1997-2000 executive committee. King also served on the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team Committees for the 1997-2000 and 2001-04 terms.
During his collegiate career, King was an outstanding defensive player on Duke University's nationally ranked teams in the late 1980s and received the 1987-88 Henry Iba Corinthian National Defensive Player of the Year award following his senior season. King helped the Blue Devils to a 112-27 record, an average of 28 wins per season, as Duke went to the Final Four twice, won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship and two ACC Tournament titles. In 1987, he helped the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games silver-medal squad to a 7-1 record.
King has been honored and recognized by numerous organizations for his dedication and commitment to success. In July, 2000, he was honored as the Sports Executive of the Year at the Rainbow Sports Awards, reflecting not only his accomplishments in the sports industry, but also for the grace, dignity, commitment and humanity that he exemplifies throughout his everyday life. In 2001, ‘Street and Smith’s Business Journal’ named him one the industries "Forty under 40." He was also inducted into Duke University’s Hall of Honor on Dec. 2, 2001, in its charter group. In May 2003, Sports Illustrated named King one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports,” a list that included “men and women that are reshaping the sports industry and opening doors through which others will follow.” King also was honored by the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame as the NBA Executive of the Year in July, 2003.
Born Jan. 23, 1966, King was a political science major at Duke and follows national and local politics closely. He is also a movie buff and early in his career hosted his own movie review show for WBNQ-Radio in Bloomington, Ill. titled "Kings Clips."
King resides in Manhattan with his wife, Melanie and their two children, daughter, Natane and son, Reggie.