- Vice President, Basketball Operations/Assistant General Manager
Adam Simon is entering his 25th season with the HEAT organization and his first in the role of V.P., Basketball Operations/Assistant General Manager. Simon will continue to assist HEAT Sr. V.P., Basketball Operations/General Manager Andy Elisburg in all areas of the HEAT’s Basketball Operations department as well as continuing to oversee, along with Skyforce GM Eric Amsler, the Basketball Operations department for the Skyforce.
In his current capacity as Assistant GM for the HEAT, Simon assists Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg in all aspects of player personnel. During his time as Assistant GM, Simon has played an integral role in Miami drafting Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and KZ Okpala and acquiring undrafted players such as Derrick Jones, Jr., Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn and Hassan Whiteside.
In his six seasons (2013-19) serving as the General Manager of the Skyforce, the team compiled a 178-122 (.593) overall record, captured at least a share of three divisional titles and made the postseason three times, capped by the historic 2015-16 season with the franchise’s first NBA G League championship. The 178 wins are the second most in the G League over the last six years and the .593 win percentage ranked fourth. As a result of the organization’s success, Simon received the NBA G League’s inaugural Executive of the Year award for the 2015-16 season as Sioux Falls enjoyed its’ finest season in franchise history. In addition to capturing the G League championship, the Skyforce complied a 40-10 (.800) record in the regular season, bettering the previous G League single-season record for wins.
Since the HEAT and Skyforce entered into an exclusive partnership, Miami has used Sioux Falls as a training ground for both players and coaches alike. Derrick Jones, Jr., Rodney McGruder, Duncan Robinson and Tyler Johnson have all used their time at Sioux Falls to improve their skills and make key contributions to the HEAT. Each of the first three head coaches (Pat Delany, Phil Weber and Dan Craig) to guide the Skyforce since the partnership have gone on to jobs on NBA benches the season after guiding the Skyforce, including Craig who returned to Miami after capturing G League Coach of the Year honors in 2015-16 while leading Sioux Falls to the G League championship.
In addition to his responsibilities with the HEAT and Skyforce, Simon is a member of the selection committee for the USA Senior National Team which included the 2017 AmeriCup and the 2019 World Cup qualifying teams. Simon has also participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program that visited Johannesburg, South Africa in both 2006 and 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel in 2017 and Belgrade, Serbia in 2018.
Simon has held a number of positions in the HEAT organization since arriving in 1995 as an intern in the video room under current HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra. The St. Thomas University graduate has also served as V.P., Player Personnel/Assistant GM/GM, Sioux Falls Skyforce (2018-19), Assistant GM/GM, Sioux Falls Skyforce (2013-18), HEAT director of player personnel (2011-13), director of college/international scouting (2004-11), scout/director of college scouting (2003-04), scout (2002-03), scouting coordinator (2001-02), administrative assistant (1997-01) and basketball operations intern (1996-97) where he organized information for the NBA Draft which he has continued to do throughout his years with the HEAT.
Simon resides in Miami Beach.