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Pete Babcock is a retired NBA executive, serving as general manager with three franchises; the San Diego Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks. He also worked in a variety of capacities from scouting to coaching to player personnel with the New Orleans Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers over a 42-year period. He also served as president and minority owner in his final two seasons with the Denver Nuggets. His Nuggets and Hawks teams appeared in the playoffs 14 out of 15 seasons. Babcock also directed the NBA Pre Draft Camp for over twenty years, served on the competition and rules committee and steering committee for the NBA and was a member of the USA basketball men's selection committee picking the 1996 Olympic team and head coach.
Babcock was employed by the Denver Nuggets from 1984 to 1990. While Babcock was in Denver, the team made the playoffs six out of six years, winning two division championships and going to the Western Conference Finals in 1985.
In Atlanta, from 1991–1993, he rebuilt the team while making the playoffs two of those three seasons and resulted in finishing the 1993-94 season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the division championship. He added Mookie Blaylock, Steve Smith, Dikembe Mutombo, Craig Ehlo, Grant Long, Christian Laettner and the team went on a six-year run of averaging 50 plus wins per season.
The Hawks finished the lockout season of 1999 only two games off the best record in the East and lost to the NY Knicks in the second round. The team decided to rebuild again following that season, and traded away Steve Smith for JR Rider and Dikembe Mutombo for Theo Ratliff, Nazr Mohammed, Toni Kukoc and Pepe Sanchez. The Hawks were not successful during the next few years, and Babcock was fired in April 2003. Babcock's teams were built through trades and free agency with limited success with the addition of draft picks.
In 2007, Babcock was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers to be a scout and he served in that capacity for ten years finishing with an NBA championship in 2016 and retiring.