Peer Learning Network Events

Peer Learning Network 2015-2016


February 4, 2016 - Thursday


Sam Presti
 Executive Vice President and General Manager for the
Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sam Presti recently began his ninth season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and his 15th as an NBA executive. After being named Thunder General Manager on June 7, 2007, Presti was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager one year into his tenure with the team by Professional Basketball Club Chairman, Clayton Bennett.

During his eight seasons with the Thunder, Presti has worked diligently to assemble the building blocks for long-term success both on and off the court. Dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, Presti and his staff have watched the Thunder amass the second best record in the NBA (.664; 316-160) during this span (behind only San Antonio).

With Presti at the helm, the Thunder captured four straight Northwest Division Championship before the 2014-15 season and after finishing the 2013-14 campaign with a record of 59-23, the Thunder became one of just two teams to register a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) in each of the prior five seasons.

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. At the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Durant was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player after leading the NBA in scoring for a fourth time in five seasons.

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 since become a four-time All-Star and this past season he led the NBA in scoring. Meanwhile, Ibaka has gone on to become just the second player in NBA history to lead the NBA in blocked shots for four consecutive seasons (2010-2014). More recently, Steven Adams was named to the BBVA Rising Stars team in each of the past two seasons after being selected by the Thunder with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

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 1,700 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. 

April 14, 2016 - Thursday

Chip R. Bell

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.