As Joel announced a few minutes ago Nuggets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri has won this season’s NBA Executive of the Year award, becoming the third Nuggets executive to win the award after Vince Boryla in 1984-85 and Mark Warkentien in 2008-09.
The award comes on the heels of a 57 win season that was possible due to the incredible depth Ujiri has built up on the Nuggets roster.
This season nine players averaged more than eight points and the Nuggets bench finished second in the NBA in scoring by averaging 41.3 points per game.
Ujiri’s biggest moves this past off-season was the addition of Andre Iguodala in the four-team blockbuster trade, a move that gave the Nuggets another perfect fit in their roster.
Iguodala flourished in Denver, becoming the team’s lockdown defender, and a fantastic finisher-finishing second only to LeBron James in field goal percentage at the rim. He also signed JaVale McGee and Andre Miller to contract extensions and the two players were important parts of many Nugget victories.
Ujiri also has a history of drafting well nabbing both Kenneth Faried and Evan Fournier in recent drafts.
Ujiri now must continue to build upon the foundation he has set forth, as the Nuggets roster has some flaws that need to be fixed.
But as Nuggets fans have believed since Ujiri took over, and voters said again today, Denver is in good hands.
The final breakdown of the votes is as follows:
Executive, Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Masai Ujiri, Denver 8 6 1 59
Gary Sacks, L.A. Clippers 3 4 1 28
Daryl Morey, Houston 4 1 2 25
Glen Grunwald, New York 2 4 3 25
R.C. Buford, San Antonio 4 1 1 24
Pat Riley, Miami 4 1 1 24
Bob Myers, Golden State 1 4 6 23
Sam Presti, Oklahoma City 1 1 4 12
Danny Ferry, Atlanta 1 1 - 8
Rob Hennigan, Orlando 1 - 2 7
Billy King, Brooklyn - 2 1 7
Donnie Walsh, Indiana - 1 4 7
Kevin O’Connor, Utah - 2 - 6
Jason Levien, Memphis - 1 - - 5
John Hammond, Milwaukee - 1 1 4
Dell Demps, New Orleans - - 1 1
Gar Forman, Chicago - - 1 1