Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has been named the NBA’s Executive of the Year. Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin came in second, while Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer came in third. Budenholzer took Hawks general manager Danny Ferry’s place on the ballot because Ferry is on an indefinite leave of absence following his racially charged comments made about Luol Deng last offseason.
Myers received 13 out of 30-first place votes and 82 points overall. Griffin earned eight first-place votes and 69 total points.
Myers had quite the past year. He replaced fired head coach Mark Jackson with Steve Kerr, and Kerr went on to helm one of the most dominant regular-season teams in recent memory. Myers also signed Shaun Livingston to be a key part of the bench.
One of Myers’s biggest moves was one he didn’t make. There was a lot of chatter about trading Klay Thompson for Kevin Love, but the trigger was never pulled on that deal and Thompson ultimately got a lucrative contract extension from Golden State. The young shooting guard rewarded the team’s faith in him by having the best season of his career.
While Myers is a solid choice for the award (he may also be getting credit for moves made in prior years), many thought Griffin would win. Not only did Griffin get LeBron James and Love in the offseason, but he made the key in-season moves to acquire Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert that stabilized the Cavaliers and helped them go on their second-half surge.
Here are the full voting results that somehow saw Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak get a vote:
Warriors GM Bob Myers named Executive of the Year, ahead of CLE's David Griffin and ATL's Mike Budenholzer. pic.twitter.com/jEhtQv1rac
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