David Stern

Known to be one of the most influential commissioners in the NBA's history, Stern helped to shape the game into what it is today. Stern was named the NBA Commissioner in 1984 succeeding Larry O'Brien and Stern and wasted no time in shaping the NBA into one of the most popular sports in the world. Under Stern the NBA added seven new teams, and the relocation of six NBA franchises. The expansion of the global game was one of Stern's greatest accomplishments during his tenure by opening 13 global NBA offices and staged regular season games outside the U.S. which was the first ever in professional sports.