The San Antonio Spurs' R.C. Buford named NBA Executive of the Year

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San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been named as the NBA's Executive of the Year for the 2015-16 season.

Buford received 77 total points which were voted for by his fellow NBA executives and was rewarded for his work last summer which saw the Spurs acquire the top free agent on the market in LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge has been a key figure in the team's success as it notched a franchise-best record of 67-15 in the regular season. The big man has been even more instrumental in the playoffs where he is currently averaging 22.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. 

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Neil Olshey of the Portland Trail Blazers finished second on the ballot with 63 votes after helping the franchise recover from the loss of Aldridge as well as another three starters in Wes Matthews, Nic Batum, and Robin Lopez to secure a postseason berth.

Golden State Warriors GM Bob Meyers - the front office leader of the defending champions that won a league record 73 games - came in third with 38 points.


Despite an aging core of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, Buford and head coach Gregg Popovich still managed to reinvent the team and hand the reigns to defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard and Aldridge that led to the record year which also saw them go 40-1 at home.

"This is an honor for all the people in the organisation who put in the time and the attention and the passion for the team and for the NBA," Buford said. "It's really a reflection on the performance of the players and our staff. It means a lot to share with a lot of people that we love going to work with."

The Spurs GM receives the award for the second time in three years after picking it up in 2013-14 when San Antonio won its fifth championship.

"The best way to put it would be to say we'd be lost without him," Popovich said about Buford. "I think those few words say it all. His organisational abilities, his foresight, his ability to plan ahead of time and make judicious and wise decisions is off the charts. We would have had a hard time keeping this together for this long if he wasn't here."

As well as the addition of Aldridge from Portland, Buford tied down Leonard to a max contract and re-signed Danny Green. The timing of those deals allowed the Spurs to be flexible and still add to the roster with David West taking a huge pay cut to move to San Antonio, which is a testament to how the organisation is perceived.

"We don't have to agree on everything, but we're both participatory and we involve other opinions that often sway our own opinions," Popovich added. "It's not always our ideas. It's not R.C.'s or mine, it's all of us, but R.C. is the guy that implements everything and gets it all done. So, it's deserved and really gratifying to see him get this award."

The Spurs are currently in the midst of a Western Conference semi-finals battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder tied at 2-2 with game five at the AT&T Center on Wednesday.

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