The NBA revealed the voting results for their annual 2021-22 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year award this past Thursday afternoon, with current Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens coming in sixth overall in the voting.
This year’s award was won by Zach Kleiman of the Memphis Grizzlies (85 total points), with Koby Altman of the Cleveland Cavaliers (27 total points), Arturus Karnisovas of the Chicago Bulls (27 total points), James Jones of the Phoenix Suns (26 total points), and Pat Riley (26 total points) of the Miami Heat coming in ahead of the Celtics president in that order.
Unlike most such end-of-the-year hardware that is voted on by panels of select national media members and NBA broadcasters, this particular league award is voted on by league executives themselves.
Brad Stevens finished 6th in Executive of the Year voting, which was won by Memphis’ Zach Kleiman. The award is voted on by team executives rather than the media. pic.twitter.com/c4xvTjkZx8
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 12, 2022
Certainly farther than Celtics would have liked at sixth overall among voters, that’s an auspicious start for a team president on their first season in the role.