Basketball Operations

Coaching Staff

Sam Presti | Executive Vice President & General Manager

Sam Presti is entering his seventh season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being named the 11th General Manager in club history on June 7, 2007. A year into his tenure with the Thunder, Presti was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager by Professional Basketball Club Chairman, Clayton Bennett.

During his six seasons with the Thunder, Presti has worked diligently to assemble the building blocks for long-term success both on and off the court.

This past season, Presti and his staff oversaw a third straight Northwest Division Championship as the Thunder claimed its first ever 60-win season (.732) in the Oklahoma City era. Under Presti’s guidance, the Thunder recently became the second team in NBA history to increase its winning percentage for five consecutive seasons (while maintaining a winning percentage of .700 or better in two seasons).

Dating back to the 2011-12 season, the Thunder became Western Conference Champions on the heels of the 2010-11 season in which the Thunder became the youngest team in the last quarter century to reach the NBA’s Western Conference Finals.

During the 2009-10 season, Presti’s third year at the helm, Oklahoma City experienced one of the largest turnarounds in NBA history. A year after winning 23 games, the Thunder concluded the 2009-10 season with a 50-32 record (.610) and captured the franchise’s first playoff berth in Oklahoma City. The 27-win improvement was tied for the eighth largest improvement in NBA history. Presti was named NBA Executive of the Year by The Sporting News at the conclusion of the season.

Presti’s consistent focus has been to utilize the NBA Draft to establish the foundation for sustained success on the floor and in the community. Commencing with the 2007 draft, Presti selected Kevin Durant, the University of Texas standout with the team’s No. 2 overall pick. Since then, Durant has blossomed into one of the premiere players in the NBA. This past season, Durant led the NBA in total points scored for a fourth consecutive season.

Other significant draft selections for Presti include taking Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka with the 4th and 24th selections, respectively in the 2008 draft. Westbrook has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team in each of the last three seasons and Serge Ibaka recently became just the second player in NBA history to lead the NBA in blocked shots for three consecutive seasons.

After moving to Oklahoma City in July of 2008, Presti has stressed the importance of community involvement for both Thunder players and staff. Under his leadership, Thunder players have made more than 1,200 community appearances in and around Oklahoma City. Presti has also made it policy for every new player and staff member to tour the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum soon after joining the organization.

Presti has been on the NBA’s Instant Replay Committee since 2009, and during the 2011-12 season, Presti was selected as one of four NBA general managers to serve on the reconstituted Competition Committee.

Prior to joining the Thunder, the 36-year-old Presti held a variety of roles with the San Antonio Spurs. After starting in 2000 as a video intern for Gregg Popovich, Presti moved up through the front office ranks in San Antonio before being elevated to the position of Vice President and Assistant General Manager until joining the Thunder is 2007. As a member of the Spurs, Presti was part of NBA Championship teams in 2003, 2005 and 2007, as well as five division titles.

Presti earned his bachelor’s degree in 2000 in communications, politics and law and a minor in psychology from Emerson College in Boston, where he was the first Rhodes Scholar nominee in school history. The Concord, Mass. native served as team captain of the Emerson College basketball team during both his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Presti earned All-Academic honors two times and was twice selected to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Tournament team. He was honored with the Emerson College Young Alumnus Award in 2005.

Presti currently resides on the board of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and with the support of the Thunder has established the Forward Thinking Leadership Development Program within the Oklahoma City public schools. This past year, Presti was recognized as Oklahoma City University's 2012-13 recipient of the Abe Lemons/Paul Hansen Award for Sports Excellence and also won the Oklahoma March of Dimes Sports Headliner Special Award for 2013.

Additionally, Presti is actively involved with PeacePlayers International (PPI), a global outreach program focused on bringing children and communities together through the game of basketball. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Shooting Touch, an organization that grants graduating college seniors the opportunity to travel the world and use the platform of basketball to help foster education and influence positive social change in third world global communities.

An accomplished drummer, Presti has produced three music CDs with all proceeds benefiting the Extra Ordinary Needs Fund at Children’s Hospital in Boston. In addition, Presti established the Keenan Smith-Anthony Halls Scholarship Fund at his former high school, Concord-Carlisle, to assist students with their college tuition.

Presti’s wife, Shannon, serves as the Director of Teen Leadership Initiatives with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.

Troy Weaver | Vice President/Assistant General Manager

Troy Weaver is entering his sixth season with Oklahoma City and his fourth as the team’s VP/Assistant General Manager. Weaver joined the Thunder in May of 2008 and assists Executive Vice President & General Manager Sam Presti with roster development and day-to-day basketball operations. In addition, he coordinates the team’s player personnel matters including NBA Draft preparation, player free agency and summer league roster.

Weaver held the position of Director of Player Personnel for the Utah Jazz in 2007-08. He spent three seasons (2004-07) as head scout for the Jazz before his promotion to Director of Player Personnel.

Prior to joining the Jazz, Weaver was an assistant coach at Syracuse University for four seasons (2000-04). The Orangemen won the 2003 NCAA National Championship led by Weaver recruit Carmelo Anthony. In addition to his experience at Syracuse, Weaver spent time as an assistant coach at New Mexico (1999-2000) and Pittsburgh (1996-99).

Prior to his collegiate coaching days, Weaver amassed an 85-17 record as an AAU coach in Washington, D.C. He guided the DC Assault to the 1996 AAU Tournament of Champions.

Weaver graduated with an associate’s degree from Prince George’s Community College (MD) in 1991, where he also played one season of basketball.

Michael Winger | Assistant General Manager/Legal & Administration

The 2013-14 season is Michael Winger’s fourth in Oklahoma City. Winger assists Executive Vice President & General Manager Sam Presti on all facets of roster planning, player acquisition, salary cap and strategic management. Winger is chiefly responsible for operational and player acquisition process development, progressive salary cap strategy implementation, tactical CBA application and maneuverability, contract and trade negotiation and preparation, legal and administrative processes and execution.

Prior to joining the Thunder, Winger spent five seasons (2005-06 through 2009-10) in the front office with the Cleveland Cavaliers, earning several promotions during his tenure. Winger began his career in Cleveland as its Basketball Operations Coordinator. Winger was promoted to Basketball Operations Manager / Team Counsel, and shortly thereafter to the Cavaliers’ Director of Basketball Operations & Team Counsel. Winger’s role in Cleveland was extensive, and included instituting organizational processes and working closely with Cavaliers’ management and ownership on all team matters. He joined the Cavaliers in July of 2005 after spending two years working for renowned sports agent and attorney, Ron Shapiro in Baltimore, Maryland.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Winger is a graduate of Miami University (OH) and a licensed attorney, attending both The University of Toledo College of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law.


Director of Medical Services: Dr. Donnie Strack
Head Athletic Trainer: Joe Sharpe
Director of Athletic Performance: Dwight Daub
Athletic Performance Coordinator: David Howarth
Applied Sport Scientist: Mark Simpson
Head Team Primary Care Physician: Daniel Clinkenbeard
Head Team Orthopedic Physician: Carlan Yates
Medical Research Coordinator & Assistant Athletic Trainer:Tony Katzenmeier


Director of College Player Personnel: Will Dawkins
Manager of Advance Scouting/Player Development: Vin Bhavnani
Coordinator of International Scouting/Amateur: Massimo Biasin
Coordinator of International Scouting/Pro: Johnny Rogers
Pro Scout: Mike Wilks
College Scout: Brandon Miller
Special Assignment Scout: Hank Smith


Director of Basketball Operations: Paul Rivers
Director of Strategic Planning: Jason Ranne
Basketball Information Coordinator: Jesse Weinstein-Gould
Basketball Operations Coordinator/Legal and Administration: Amanda Green
Basketball Data Analyst: Wynn Sullivan


Video Analyst/Player Development: Dave Bliss
Video Analyst/Personnel: Sebastian Pruiti
Video Analyst: Steve Scalzi


Director of Team Operations: Marc St. Yves
Manager of Team Operations: Wilson Taylor
Director of Team Security: Michael Chatman
Director of Player Appearances and Services: Ayana Lawson


Director of Basketball Communications: Matt Tumbleson
Manager of Basketball Communications: Michael Ravina
Manager of Basketball Communications: John Read


Team Travel Coordinator: Judy Riddle
Assistant to the Executive Vice President & General Manager: Glenn Wong
Basketball Operations Assistant: Ryan Lambert


Facility Operations Manager: Johnny Shults


Director of Minor League Operations/Pro Scout: Brandon Barnett
Assistant Coach/Video Analyst: Steve Scalzi
Minor League Athletic Performance Coordinator: Kurtis Rayfield
Minor League Athletic Trainer: Sebastien Poirier
Manager of Public Relations: Ben Coldagelli