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The National Basketball Association's Executive of the Year Award is an annual award given since the 1972–73 NBA season, to the league's best general manager. Before 2009, the Executive of the Year was presented annually by Sporting News, but was officially recognized by the NBA.[1] Since 2009, the award has been awarded by the NBA.[2] Voting is conducted by executives from the league's 30 teams. The person with the most number of votes wins the award.[3]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 28 different general managers. Jerry Colangelo, the first general manager for the Phoenix Suns, is the only person to win the award four times. Bob Bass, R. C. Buford, Wayne Embry, Bob Ferry, Stan Kasten, Jerry Krause, Bob Myers, Geoff Petrie, Jerry West as well as Jerry Colangelo's son Bryan Colangelo have all won the award twice.[4] All of the award winners were born in the United States until then–Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri, who was born in Nigeria, won the award in 2013. Larry Bird, Frank Layden and Pat Riley join Red Auerbach as the only recipients to have also received NBA Coach of the Year. Bird is also the only winner to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player in addition to either of the Coach or Executive of the Year awards.[5]

Winners[edit]

A man, wearing a black coat, white shirt and a tie, is posing for a photograph.
Jerry Colangelo won the award in 1976, 1981, 1989 and 1993, all with the Suns.
A man, wearing a brown coat, white shirt and black tie, standing in front of a collage.
Red Auerbach won the award in 1980.
head shot of Jerry West
Jerry West won the award in 1995 and 2004.
head shot of Bryan Colangelo
Jerry Colangelo's son Bryan Colangelo won the award in 2005 with the Suns and 2007 with the Raptors.
^ Denotes executive who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
*^ Active executive who has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
Person (X) Denotes the number of times the executive has won the award
Season Executive Nationality Team
1972–73 Joe Axelson  United States Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1973–74 Eddie Donovan  United States Buffalo Braves
1974–75 Dick Vertlieb  United States Golden State Warriors
1975–76 Jerry Colangelo*[a]  United States Phoenix Suns
1976–77 Ray Patterson  United States Houston Rockets
1977–78 Angelo Drossos  United States San Antonio Spurs
1978–79 Bob Ferry  United States Washington Bullets
1979–80 Red Auerbach*[b]  United States Boston Celtics
1980–81 Jerry Colangelo*[a] (2)  United States Phoenix Suns
1981–82 Bob Ferry (2)  United States Washington Bullets
1982–83 Zollie Volchok  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1983–84 Frank Layden  United States Utah Jazz
1984–85 Vince Boryla  United States Denver Nuggets
1985–86 Stan Kasten  United States Atlanta Hawks
1986–87 Stan Kasten (2)  United States Atlanta Hawks
1987–88 Jerry Krause*  United States Chicago Bulls
1988–89 Jerry Colangelo*[a] (3)  United States Phoenix Suns
1989–90 Bob Bass  United States San Antonio Spurs
1990–91 Bucky Buckwalter  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1991–92 Wayne Embry*[a]  United States Cleveland Cavaliers
1992–93 Jerry Colangelo*[a] (4)  United States Phoenix Suns
1993–94 Bob Whitsitt  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1994–95 Jerry West*[c]  United States Los Angeles Lakers
1995–96 Jerry Krause* (2)  United States Chicago Bulls
1996–97 Bob Bass (2)  United States Charlotte Hornets
1997–98 Wayne Embry*[a] (2)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers
1998–99 Geoff Petrie  United States Sacramento Kings
1999–00 John Gabriel  United States Orlando Magic
2000–01 Geoff Petrie (2)  United States Sacramento Kings
2001–02 Rod Thorn*  United States New Jersey Nets
2002–03 Joe Dumars*[c]  United States Detroit Pistons
2003–04 Jerry West*[c] (2)  United States Memphis Grizzlies
2004–05 Bryan Colangelo  United States Phoenix Suns
2005–06 Elgin Baylor*[c]  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2006–07 Bryan Colangelo (2)  United States Toronto Raptors
2007–08 Danny Ainge^  United States Boston Celtics
2008–09 Mark Warkentien  United States Denver Nuggets
2009–10 John Hammond^  United States Milwaukee Bucks
2010–11[d] Pat Riley*^[b]  United States Miami Heat
Gar Forman^  United States Chicago Bulls
2011–12 Larry Bird*^[c]  United States Indiana Pacers
2012–13 Masai Ujiri^  Nigeria Denver Nuggets
2013–14 R. C. Buford^  United States San Antonio Spurs
2014–15 Bob Myers^  United States Golden State Warriors
2015–16 R. C. Buford^ (2)  United States San Antonio Spurs
2016–17 Bob Myers^ (2)  United States Golden State Warriors
2017–18 Daryl Morey^  United States Houston Rockets

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wayne Embry and Jerry Colangelo were enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as contributors in 1999[6] and 2004.[7]
  2. ^ a b Red Auerbach and Pat Riley were enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches in 1969[8] and 2008.[9]
  3. ^ a b c d e Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Larry Bird and Joe Dumars were enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as players in 1977,[10] 1980,[11] 1998[12] and 2006.[13]
  4. ^ Denotes seasons in which joint winners were named

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Reports: Baylor wins NBA executive of the year". ESPN.com. May 14, 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ Windhorst, Brian (May 21, 2009). "Cleveland Cavaliers' GM Danny Ferry picked by The Sporting News as its NBA Executive of the Year". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Celtics GM Ainge named NBA's executive of year". CBC Sports. May 14, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Colangelo voted NBA's top exec for second time". ESPN.com. May 14, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Indiana's Larry Bird named 2011-12 Executive of the Year". NBA.com. NBA.com. May 16, 2012. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wayne R. Embry". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Jerry Colangelo". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Arnold J. "Red" Auerbach". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 7, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Pat Riley". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Elgin Baylor". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 15, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Jerry A. West". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Larry J. Bird". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 29, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Joe Dumars". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 7, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 

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