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| April 24, 2010

nba executive of year awardMilwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond has been named the recipient of the 2009-10 NBA Executive of the Year award, the NBA announced today.

Milwaukee totaled 46 wins in 2009-10, a 12-game improvement from last season, and earned the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2005-06. Hammond’s decision to select Brandon Jennings with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft paid immediate dividends, as the guard earned a starting spot in training camp and went on to average 15.5 points during his rookie campaign.

Hammond tabbed Scott Skiles as Milwaukee’s head coach when he took over, and Skiles’ trademark commitment to defense has rubbed off. In two years, the Bucks have gone from allowing 103.9 ppg in 2007-08 (23rd) to 96.0 ppg in 2009-10 (seventh). Hammond drafted defensive-minded forward Luc Mbah a Moute (2008 Draft, 37th overall) and brought in veterans such as Carlos Delfino, John Salmons, Jerry Stackhouse and Kurt Thomas. This past summer, he also re-signed Ersan Ilyasova, who was originally drafted by the Bucks in 2005 and played one season for the team (2006-07) before returning to Europe for two seasons.

Hammond received 12 of a possible 30 votes from a panel of his fellow team executives throughout the NBA. Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti finished second with nine votes and Cleveland’s Danny Ferry finished third with two votes. Charlotte’s Rod Higgins, Dallas’ Mark Cuban, Memphis’ Chris Wallace, New Orleans’ Jeff Bower, Portland’s Kevin Pritchard, Sacramento’s Geoff Petrie and Utah’s Kevin O’Connor each received one vote.

ALL-TIME NBA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

1972-73 Joe Axelson, K.C./Omaha
1973-74 Eddie Donovan, Buffalo
1974-75 Dick Vertlieb, Golden State
1975-76 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1976-77 Ray Patterson, Houston
1977-78 Angelo Drossos, San Antonio
1978-79 Bob Ferry, Washington
1979-80 Red Auerbach, Boston
1980-81 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1981-82 Bob Ferry, Washington
1982-83 Zollie Volchok, Seattle
1983-84 Frank Layden, Utah
1984-85 Vince Boryla, Denver
1985-86 Stan Kasten, Atlanta
1986-87 Stan Kasten, Atlanta
1987-88 Jerry Krause, Chicago
1988-89 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1989-90 Bob Bass, San Antonio
1990-91 Bucky Buckwalter, Portland
1991-92 Wayne Embry, Cleveland
1992-93 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1993-94 Bob Whitsitt, Seattle
1994-95 Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers
1995-96 Jerry Krause, Chicago
1996-97 Bob Bass, Charlotte
1997-98 Wayne Embry, Cleveland
1998-99 Geoff Petrie, Sacramento
1999-00 John Gabriel, Orlando
2000-01 Geoff Petrie, Sacramento
2001-02 Rod Thorn, New Jersey
2002-03 Joe Dumars, Detroit
2003-04 Jerry West, Memphis
2004-05 Bryan Colangelo, Phoenix
2005-06 Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Clippers
2006-07 Bryan Colangelo, Toronto
2007-08 Danny Ainge, Boston
2008-09 Mark Warkentien, Denver
2009-10 John Hammond, Milwaukee

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NBA Executive of the Year 2009
May 3, 2009

nba executive of year awardMark Warkentien, Denver Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations, has been named the recipient of the 2008-09 NBA Executive of the Year award.

The Nuggets just completed their fifth 50-win season in the team’s NBA history, while qualifying for the postseason for the sixth consecutive year. Denver won its sixth division title since joining the NBA in 1976, including the second in the last four seasons. The Nuggets finished the 2008-09 regular season tied for the second best record and earned the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs by owning tiebreakers over both San Antonio and Portland.

Since his arrival in Denver in the summer of 2005 as Director of Player personnel, the Nuggets have orchestrated numerous transactions while maintaining a high level of success. On Nov. 3, 2008, Warkentien netted four-time All-Star and Denver native Chauncey Billups via trade with Detroit, giving the Nuggets an established floor leader and seasoned postseason performer. During Warkentien’s tenure, the Nuggets also signed two-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony to a contract extension, re-signed Nenê and J.R. Smith, signed free agent Chris Andersen, and acquired Renaldo Balkman.

Warkentien received nine of a possible 30 votes from a panel of his NBA Executives throughout the NBA. Cleveland’s Danny Ferry finished second with seven votes, Orlando’s Otis Smith finished third with six votes, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak and Chicago’s John Paxson were tied for fourth with two votes apiece, and Denver’s Rex Chapman, Houston’s Darryl Morey, Utah’s Kevin O’Connor, Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti each received one vote.


ALL-TIME NBA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

1972-73 Joe Axelson, K.C./Omaha
1973-74 Eddie Donovan, Buffalo
1974-75 Dick Vertlieb, Golden State
1975-76 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1976-77 Ray Patterson, Houston
1977-78 Angelo Drossos, San Antonio
1978-79 Bob Ferry, Washington
1979-80 Red Auerbach, Boston
1980-81 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1981-82 Bob Ferry, Washington
1982-83 Zollie Volchok, Seattle
1983-84 Frank Layden, Utah
1984-85 Vince Boryla, Denver
1985-86 Stan Kasten, Atlanta
1986-87 Stan Kasten, Atlanta
1987-88 Jerry Krause, Chicago
1988-89 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1989-90 Bob Bass, San Antonio
1990-91 Bucky Buckwalter, Portland
1991-92 Wayne Embry, Cleveland
1992-93 Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix
1993-94 Bob Whitsitt, Seattle
1994-95 Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers
1995-96 Jerry Krause, Chicago
1996-97 Bob Bass, Charlotte
1997-98 Wayne Embry, Cleveland
1998-99 Geoff Petrie, Sacramento
1999-00 John Gabriel, Orlando
2000-01 Geoff Petrie, Sacramento
2001-02 Rod Thorn, New Jersey
2002-03 Joe Dumars, Detroit
2003-04 Jerry West, Memphis
2004-05 Bryan Colangelo, Phoenix
2005-06 Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Clippers
2006-07 Bryan Colangelo, Toronto
2007-08 Danny Ainge, Boston
2008-09 Mark Warkentien, Denver


LAST YEAR'S NBA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
May 14, 2008

nba executive of year awardSporting News has named Boston Celtics Executive Director, Basketball Operations and General Manager, the 2007-08 NBA Executive of the Year.

Sporting News polled general managers and other executives from all 30 teams, and Ainge received 18 of the 47 votes cast. He beat out Los Angeles Lakers general manager, Mitch Kupchak, who had 14 votes, and New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower who had 12.

“He orchestrated a stunning and record setting turnaround of a struggling team with two great trades and various other roster acquisitions.” said Brian Colangelo, President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors and the 2005 Executive of the Year.

Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic added, “Ainge was the architect of the most dramatic NBA turnaround ever.”

Danny Ainge is the first member of the Boston Celtics to receive the Executive of the Year award since its inception in the 1972-73 season.”

Stan McNeal, Sporting News NBA writer, will present the Executive of the Year award to Danny Ainge prior to Wednesday’s game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Celtics and Cavaliers.








BRYAN COLANGELO WINS 2007 NBA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
May 14, 2007

Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo has been named the NBA Executive of the Year for the 2006-07 season, The Sporting News announced Monday.

In his first full season at the helm of the Raptors, Colangelo rebuilt the roster retaining just six players from the 2005-06 15-man unit. He made three trades, acquiring guard T.J. Ford from Milwaukee, forward Kris Humphries from Utah and centre Rasho Nesterovic from San Antonio, and signed free-agent starters forward Jorge Garbajosa and guard-forward Anthony Parker. He also resigned NBA All-Star Chris Bosh to a long term deal.

Colangelo’s revamping of the roster began to take shape when the Raptors won the annual NBA Draft Lottery, giving the franchise the top overall pick for the first time in team history. He made NBA history by taking Benetton Treviso forward Andrea Bargnani with the selection, marking the first time a European player had been tabbed with the top pick.

The Raptors improved by 20 wins over the 2005-06 season to tie a franchise high with 47 victories. They also captured their first divisional title winning the Atlantic and returned to the postseason after a five year absence gaining home court for the first time in franchise history.

Colangelo also won this award in 2004-05 while serving as the president and general manager of the Phoenix Suns. He revamped a Suns team that finished with a league-best 62-20 mark after posting a 29-53 record in 2003-04.

This is the fifth executive of the year honour garnered by the current Raptors basketball operations management. Senior Basketball Advisor Wayne Embry captured The Sporting News award in 1992 and 1998 and Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager Maurizio Gherardini was named Italy’s Legabasket Executive of the Year in 2006. In addition, this is the sixth time The Sporting News Executive of the Year award has been won by the Colangelo family. Jerry Colangelo, Bryan’s father, earned the award an unequaled four times with the Phoenix Suns (1976, 1981, 1989 and 1993). Bryan joins Bob Bass (San Antonio in 1990 and Charlotte in 1997) and Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers in 1995 and Memphis Grizzlies in 2004) as the only multiple winners with different franchises.

Colangelo received 29 of the 45 votes cast by his fellow executives. Houston’s Carroll Dawson finished second with nine votes while seven other executives received votes for the award.






2006 NBA Executive of the Year
May 17, 2006

Los Angeles Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor was today named NBA Executive of the Year by the Sporting News. In voting by 45 NBA executives, Baylor received 15 votes which nearly doubled the eight votes given to Toronto’s Bryan Colangelo, who finished second in the voting.

Under Baylor’s direction, the Clippers assembled a deep and talented roster that finished the regular season with a 47-35 record to post the most wins since the 1974-75 season. The Clippers also qualified for the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and have advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals.

With a talented nucleus of Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Chris Kaman and Shaun Livingston already in place, Baylor signed free agent shooting guard Cuttino Mobley and traded for veteran point guard Sam Cassell prior to the 2005-06 campaign in a pair of moves that proved instrumental to the Clippers success. Baylor also swung a midseason trade for forward Vladimir Radmanovic, who gave the Clippers the long-distance threat it needed to stretch opposing defenses.

An 11-time NBA All-Star and a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection as a player, Baylor adds the NBA Executive of the Year Award to his legendary list of basketball accolades. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Baylor was also named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959 and holds the NBA Finals single-game record for points in a game, with 61 points in the 1962 NBA Finals versus the Boston Celtics.







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