From the Milwaukee Bucks:
Milwaukee 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 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.
This should come as no surprise. The Bucks were the talk of the league before Andrew Bogut’s injury and shocked the league with their quick rise to the playoffs. This is some solace after seeing Coach Scott Skiles passed over for coach of the year.
Milwaukee Bucks in 2009-10
Notable Roster Movement
June 25 – Drafted Brandon Jennings with No. 10 pick in 2009 Draft
July 23 – Re-signed Ersan Ilyasova
Aug. 18 – Traded Sonny Weems and Amir Johnson for Carlos Delfino
Oct. 31 – Michael Redd missed 18 games due to a knee injury
Jan. 10 – Lost Michael Redd for season with torn ACL and MCL
Jan. 18 – Signed free agent Jerry Stackhouse
Feb. 18 – Traded Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander for John Salmons
Apr. 3 – Lost Andrew Bogut for 6 weeks w/elbow, wrist, hand injuries