Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien has been named the NBA's executive of the year.
Warkentien was the architect of the biggest deal in the NBA this season, trading Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups. The move sparked Denver's franchise-tying 54-win regular season and the Nuggets' first playoff series win in 15 years.
He received nine of 30 votes from a panel of NBA executives in results announced Sunday.
Cleveland's Danny Ferry finished second with seven votes, Orlando's Otis Smith finished third with six votes, the Los Angeles Lakers' Mitch Kupchak and Chicago's John Paxson were tied for fourth with two votes apiece, and Denver's Rex Chapman, Houston's Darryl Morey, Utah's Kevin O'Connor, Oklahoma City's Sam Presti each received one vote.
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