Washington Wizards add president title to GM Tommy Sheppard

Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard was promoted to president and GM on Wednesday.

Sheppard is in his 19th season with the Wizards and has been the general manager since 2019.

Chief planning and operations officer Sashi Brown also was promoted to president of Monumental Basketball and special advisor to Monumental Sports & Entertainment chief executive officer Ted Leonsis.

“Tommy has effectively improved our team each year of his tenure by following the plan he laid out to us as his vision when we hired him as general manager and Sashi has been instrumental in making us a leader in analytics, research and player engagement while efficiently streamlining operations across all of our basketball teams and venues,” Leonsis said in a news release.

“Their combined efforts have put us in a position to compete now with an exciting and hard-working team while also having the flexibility to execute our long-term strategy of building a championship program that is a leader in the community.”

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The Wizards are off to a 10-3 start this season, their best start since 1974-75.

Sheppard and Brown also signed multi-year contract extensions. Terms were not disclosed.

“I am honored to represent this organization and tremendously grateful for the opportunity to continue building this team in order to use what we accomplish both on and off the court to uplift the community,” said Sheppard, 52. “Our staff, and their dedication to working together, has been essential to our success, and we will continue to work hard, follow our plan and make our fans proud of the team we put on the floor.”

–Field Level Media