Nuggets Masai Ujiri Wins NBA Executive of the Year Award
The Denver Nuggets have made a clean sweep on the NBA’s non-player awards, when it was announced that their Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, won the award given to the league’s top executive.
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.
The former Toronto Raptors assistant got a total of 59 points and received eight first-placed votes from his peers across the NBA. Ujiri beat out Los Angeles Clippers Gary Sacks who had 28 points (three first-place votes) and the Houston Rockets Daryl Morey and New York Knicks Glen Grunwald, who were tied with 25 points (four first-place votes).