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Kahn finishes 10th in NBA Executive of the Year voting

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves news Updated: May 16, 2012 - 1:21 PM

 Greetings.

Youngblood here, with Jerry on vacation. 

The NBA just released the voting for the NBA's Executive of the Year, and David Kahn, the Wolves'  president of basketball operations, finished tenth. He got one second-place vote and one third-place vote. 

The award went to Larry Bird, the Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations. Bird ran a Pacers team that went 42-24 and earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Among the moves Bird made? He hired Frank Vogel as permanent head coach, signed David West in December and traded for Lou Amundson and Leandro Barbosa. In thee Pacers' rotation are players like Paul George, Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert, all Bird draft picks. 

Bird won three MVP awards as a player and was voted coach of the year for the 1997-98 season. He is the first in league history to win all three awards. 

 

The voting is among the league's team executives. First-place votes were worth five points, second-place three points and third place one point. 

 

Here is the voting:

 

 

 

             2011-12 NBA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR VOTING RESULTS

 

Rookie, Team                                1st   2nd   3rd   Total

Larry Bird, Indiana                         12    8     4     88

R.C. Buford, San Antonio                8    4     4     56

Neil Olshey, L.A. Clippers              6     7     4     55

Gar Forman, Chicago                     2     2     -      16

Kevin O’Connor, Utah                     -      2     4     10

Glen Grunwald, New York              -     2     2       8

Pat Riley, Miami                              1     -     2         7

Sam Presti, Oklahoma City          1     -     -          5

Chris Wallace, Memphis              -      1     2        5

David Kahn, Minnesota                  -     1     1       4   

Rod Thorn, Philadelphia                -     1     -        3

Dell Demps, New Orleans             -     1     -       3

Rick Sund, Atlanta                             -     1     -      3

Danny Ainge, Boston                         -     -     1     1

John Hammond, Milwaukee            -     -     1     1

Lon Babby, Phoenix                           -     -     1     1

Mitch Kupchak, L.A. Lakers              -     -     1     1

Otis Smith, Orlando                           -     -     1     1

Masai Ujiri, Denver                            -     -     1     1

 

 

 

             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

 2010-11    Gar Forman, Chicago

      Pat Riley, Miami

 2011-12    Larry Bird, Indiana

 

 

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