Spurs' Buford named NBA Executive of Year

Buford wins the award for the first time in his distinguished career in San Antonio
05/07/2014 11:24 AM ET
By The Associated Press

Spurs GM R.C. Buford, left, stands with coach Gregg Popovich and team owner Peter Holt.(AP)
San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been named the NBA's Executive of the Year for the first time in his well-respected, under-the-radar career.

The NBA announced the honor Wednesday, one day after the Spurs dominated Portland in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Buford is highly regarded by his peers, but his low-key approach has likely contributed to being overlooked during awards season.

In his 12th season as GM, Buford re-signed Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter and signed Marco Belinelli as a free agent to help the Spurs win a league-best 62 games in the regular season.

Phoenix's Ryan McDonough finished second and Portland's Neil Olshey third in the voting.

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