No. 2 — Adam Silver
Change from 2018: No change
Vision is what makes the progressive Silver so effective in growing not only the NBA’s business, but also bringing to the forefront key issues that influence all of sports. Despite difficulties in China this fall, he has been out front in leading initiatives such as gambling, mental health, diversity and inclusion, and global expansion as the NBA in 2020 will roll out its Africa Basketball League in partnership with FIBA.