POSTED: May 9, 2013 1:17 PM ET
UPDATED: May 9, 2013 4:25 PM ET
NEW YORK — Denver Nuggets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri is the recipient of the 2012-13 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year award, the NBA announced today.
Ujiri was instrumental in assembling an ensemble cast -- nine players averaged between 8.0 and 16.7 points and Denver's bench ranked second overall in scoring (41.3 ppg) -- that finished with the league's fourth-best record (57-25, .695) and secured the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. Denver's league-best 38-3 (.927) mark at Pepsi Center tied for the 14th best home mark in league history.
Over the summer, Ujiri augmented Denver's roster by acquiring Andre Iguodala from Philadelphia in a four-team, 12-player deal, and he re-signed JaVale McGee and Andre Miller. Since joining the Nuggets front office prior to the 2010-11 season, Ujiri has drafted Kenneth Faried (No. 22 overall in 2011), and in addition to Iguodala, McGee and Miller, has acquired Corey Brewer, Wilson Chandler, Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari and Kosta Koufos via trades.
Masai Ujiri Top Executive of the Year
With those players comprising the bulk of the roster, the Nuggets opened the 2012-13 campaign as the NBA's third-youngest team with an average age of 24.9 years. Despite their youth, the Nuggets compiled two of the seven longest winning streaks in the NBA in 2012-13, including a franchise-best-tying 15 straight wins (Feb. 23-March 23). Additionally, according to NBA.com/Stats, Denver was a Western Conference-best 24-4 (.857) after the All-Star break.
Ujiri, who spent three years with the Toronto Raptors before joining the Nuggets, was named to his current position on Aug. 27, 2010. He worked for the Nuggets organization as a scout from 2003-07, and served as the team's director of international scouting during the 2006-07 season.
Ujiri totaled 59 points and received eight first-place votes from a panel of his fellow team basketball executives throughout the NBA. The Los Angeles Clippers' Gary Sacks finished second with 28 points (three first-place votes) votes and the Houston Rockets' Daryl Morey and the New York Knicks' Glen Grunwald finished tied for third with 25 points (four first-place votes). Executives were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Below are the results of the voting for the 2012-13 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
|2012-13 NBA Executive Of The Year Voting Results|
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
2010-11: Gar Forman, Chicago & Pat Riley, Miami
2011-12: Larry Bird, Indiana
2012-13: Masai Ujiri, Denver