Indiana Pacers' President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird grabbed the hardware. Bird ran the Pacers who went 42-24 and earned the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The moves that Bird made that earned him the award, include: hiring Frank Vogel as their permanent head coach, signed David West as their starting power forward, traded Brandon Rush to the Golden State Warriors for Lou Amundson and traded a 2nd-round pick to the Toronto Raptors for Leandro Barbosa. Three of the Pacers' key rotation players: Paul George, Tyler Hansbrough & Roy Hibbert are draft picks of Bird's.
The voting is among the NBA's team executives. 1st-place votes were worth five points, 2nd-place votes were worth three points and third-place votes were worth one point.
Larry Bird won the award for 88 points, San Antonio's R.C. Buford was second with 56 points, L.A. Clippers' Neil Olshey finished in third with 55 points, Chicago's Gar Forman finished in fourth with 16 points, Utah's Kevin O'Connor in fifth place with 10 points, New York's Glen Grunwald came in sixth place with 8 points, Miami's Pat Riley finished seventh with 7 points, Oklahoma City Thunder's Sam Presti and Memphis' Chris Wallace tied for eighth with 5 points each, Minnesota's David Kahn came in tenth with 4 points, Philadelphia's Rod Thorn, New Orleans' Dell Demps and Atlanta's Rick Sund tied for eleventh with 3 points each and Boston's Danny Ainge, Milwaukee's John Hammond, Phoenix's Lon Babby, L.A. Lakers' Mitch Kupchak, Orlando's Otis Smith and Denver's Masai Ujiri all tied for 14th with just 1 point (each receiving one 3rd-place vote).
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