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Robert Canterbury Buford (born 1960) is an American basketball executive, currently general manager of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named general manager in 2002 after five seasons as team president. Buford is also the president of sports franchises for Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Buford has won the NBA Executive of the Year award twice, for the 2013–14 and 2015–16 seasons.

R. C. Buford
San Antonio Spurs
PositionGeneral manager
Personal information
BornOctober 1960 (age 58)
Career highlights and awards
As executive


Early careerEdit

Buford played college basketball at Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, though he had a limited career.[1] He received his degree from Friends University.[2] Prior to joining the Spurs in 1988, Buford spent five seasons at the University of Kansas and was a member of the coaching staff when the Jayhawks won the 1988 NCAA Championship.

NBA executive careerEdit

Buford first joined the Spurs in the summer of 1988 as an assistant coach on Larry Brown's staff. He spent four seasons as an assistant with the Spurs, including the 1989–90 and 1990–91 seasons when the team captured back-to-back Midwest Division titles. In the summer of 1992, he became the number-one assistant for Brown with the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent one season with the Clippers before moving to the University of Florida for the 1993–94 season.

Spurs general manager Gregg Popovich then hired Buford as the Spurs' Head Scout in the summer of 1994 and he has been with the team since that time. In the summer of 1997 he was named the Spurs Director of Scouting, and then two years later (1999) was promoted to the position of vice president/assistant general manager. He was named general manager in 2002 after five seasons as team president.

Buford has won five NBA championships with the Spurs (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014), four as general manager (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014).

Buford won the 2013–14 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year award on May 7, 2014,[3] and later won the same honor for the 2015-16 season.[4]

On July 23, 2019, the Spurs announced Buford being promoted from general manager to CEO for the Spurs, effective September 3. His previous role will be filled by assistant general manager Brian Wright.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

His son, Chase Buford, played basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks and now works for the Chicago Bulls.[6] His daughter, C.C Buford, who played golf for College of Charleston, now coaches at Campbell University.[7]


  1. ^ "The Buford Way: Spurs' architect stays in shadows -". Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "2019 Panels - MIT Sloan Analytics Conference". MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "San Antonio's R.C. Buford Earns 2013-14 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year Award". San Antonio Spurs. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  4. ^ release, Official. "Spurs' Buford wins 2015-16 NBA Executive of the Year". Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Spurs Sports & Entertainment Announces Leadership Changes". July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
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  7. ^ "C.C. Buford hired as assistant golf coach". Campbell University. Retrieved June 10, 2019.

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