The NBA announced that Monte McNair of the Sacramento Kings won executive of the year recently.
Sacramento Kings General Manager Monte McNair has been named the 2022-23 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year, the NBA announced today.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 3, 2023
Voting results and award history: https://t.co/zRQfKIL8mN pic.twitter.com/2lJY08g6aj
Winning third place in votes was Utah Jazz General Manager, Justin Zanik, who received 1 first-place vote, 4 second-place votes, and 3 third-place votes.
Justin Zanik comes in third for executive of the year.— Riley and five second round picks (@rgiss11) May 3, 2023
Well deserved, Jazz have done in a year what most teams do in three, and have a bevy of assets to improve with going forward. pic.twitter.com/5TXR4XilFY
It’s some much-deserved recognition for Zanik who has managed the Utah Jazz into this new chapter in an impressive way.
Alongside Danny Ainge, Zanik helped to make one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history with the Minnesota Timberwolves that brought in a treasure trove of picks and Walker Kessler (who was third in Rookie of the Year voting) for Rudy Gobert. He also made the trade for Lauri Markkanen (first-time All-Star and Most Improved Player), Ochai Agbaji and even more 1st round picks, most of which were unprotected.
Not only did the Jazz make those big trades, they also brought on Will Hardy as Head Coach who has been a clear upgrade in all facets of running the team.
These moves have set the Jazz up for success for years to come. The next big decisions for Utah will come after Draft Lottery night. Will the Jazz get lucky and jump into the top 4? If they don’t, they have their homework cut out for them looking for stars at the 9th, 16th, and 28th pick. If they find another great player with one of those picks, the Jazz will look even better with the work that Zanik has already done.