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T10B Worst Owner: Ted Stepien

If you’re like I am, you probably have heard of the Ted Stepien Rule but know little about the man or the rationale for the rule. As an owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1980s, Stepien made numerous boneheaded trades. In all, the incompetent owner traded away five early first-round picks from the 1982-86 drafts (used to select James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Derek Harper, Roy Tarpley, and Detlef Schrempf) without getting anyone of value in return. His seemingly irrational¬†decisions decimated the team. In response, the NBA enacted a rule prohibiting any¬†team from trading away first round picks in consecutive drafts. Ergo, the Ted Stepien Rule.