The NBA is going into its homestretch of the season. This has been an incredibly exciting season with some fantastic offseason and midseason moves proving to be the difference with these teams. There are several leading NBA Executive of the Year candidates in 2021.
NBA Executive of the Year Candidates 2021
These are a few of the executives who have put their teams in a position to succeed deep into the playoffs. This list is in no particular order.
#1: James Jones (Phoenix Suns)
What a year it has been for the Suns. This team has been one of the most exciting teams to watch all year.
After an 8-0 record in the bubble, they came into this year still with many doubters.
The Suns made one of the biggest offseason moves by acquiring Chris Paul.
Paul has made every team he has been on better and James Jones made the perfect move with this acquisition. He built a winning culture with Monty Williams in 2019 and was able to halt Devin Booker trade rumors by making him happy and winning. Jones has cemented his status as one of the best NBA executives.
#2: Sean Marks (Brooklyn Nets)
Sean Marks is an easy choice for Executive of the Year.
It has kept the Nets near the top of the east while Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving can get healthy and deal with other matters.
Then come playoff time those two can start to take over. That move can’t be stated enough, but they weren’t done. They made a splash after the deadline getting big names such as Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge to join the team in hopes of a championship. In the offseason, they made some under-the-radar moves to sign Jeff Green and Bruce Brown who have proved to be great role players for this team. This team certainly has title aspirations and we will see if they can get to the promised land.
#3: Daryl Morey (Philadelphia 76ers)
Daryl Morey came over from the Houston Rockets to the 76ers this past offseason. The situation in Houston was clearly becoming toxic and he was able to get a fresh start in Philly.
They also hired future Hall of Fame coach Doc Rivers. Something has clearly clicked as the 76ers are currently in a top spot in the east and getting an MVP-like season from Embiid.
They could use a deep run in the playoffs after falling short the past few years, but Daryl Morey has done everything he can to put this team in a great position.
#4: Rob Pelinka (Los Angeles Lakers)
The Lakers won the NBA championship last year and could’ve easily just stood pat with the team that they had, but they didn’t do that.
The Lakers were one of the more aggressive teams this past offseason.
Even a key mid-season acquisition of Andre Drummond was a great move for a team lacking depth with injuries.
While key injuries to Anthony Davis and LeBron James have limited this team from reaching its full potential, there is no doubt that a healthy Lakers squad is the favorite to win the NBA championship and Rob Pelinka has done everything in his power to make a repeat possible.