Just one day after George Karl won the coach of the year award, Masai Ujiri followed by winning the executive of the year. During Ujiri’s first year in 2010, he traded away Carmelo Anthony for a bunch of role players from the New York Knicks. Today, those role players have translated into a team that won 57 games this year.
Ujiri told The Denver Post last season: "I sit in those GM meetings and look across the room — you see Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, all these guys who you've read about. Am I in awe? Honestly I am, because of the opportunity life has given me. Am I going to compete against those guys? (Heck) yes. That's why I am among those 30 guys — to try to be better than them."