Thursday, May 9, 2013
Bob Myers' remarkable first season as GM
By Joe Kaiser
Golden State's young general manager Bob Myers didn't crack the top four in the voting for the NBA's top executive of the year award -- Denver general manager Masai Ujiri was named the winner today, beating out Los Angeles Clippers' Gary Sacks, Houston's Daryl Morey and New York's Glen Grunwald.
But as ESPN's Chad Ford points out, if the voting happened today and factored in the playoffs, that almost certainly wouldn't be the case.
Ford tweets: "Love Masai Ujiri, but if voting were done today, gotta believe the Warriors' Bob Myers would run away with Executive of the Year, and adds, "Myers drafted three guys who are playing roles in the playoffs, signed Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry & got a steal on Steph Curry extension."
All valid points that are hard to overlook, indeed. Swinging the deal for Jack surely took some wheeling and dealing. Getting Landry to sign at a discount was probably the result of a little luck and some strong negotiations. And locking up Curry long-term, while a no-brainer today, took some guts considering Curry's injury history. But to me, the most impressive part of Myers' first season as the team's GM was not just landing Harrison Barnes -- a safe pick at No. 7 -- but finding two guys who can help the team for years to come later in the draft in Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green. Neither may ever become starters in the league, but both have a chance to become some of the best bench bargains in the league for the foreseeable future.