Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Zach Kleiman of the Memphis Grizzlies named NBA Executive of the Year. federal news network

Memphis, Tenn. ( Associated Press) — Memphis Grizzlies general manager Zack Kleiman has been named an NBA basketball executive, the youngest ever to win the award.

Kleiman, 33, is the second executive to receive the honor alongside the Grizzlies. Working with the Grizzlies, Jerry West won the award for the 2003–04 season. Kleiman became general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations in April 2019.

The Grizzlies GM took 16 out of 29 first places and earned a total of 85 points. Cleveland President Kobe Altman and Chicago’s executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisova finished second. Phoenix general manager James Jones and Miami president Pat Riley finished fourth.

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Kleiman put together the NBA’s second-best record-keeping roster with 56–26, tying the franchise record for wins in one season. The Grizzlies’ No. 2 seed in the Western Conference is the highest in franchise history.

Grizzlies guard Jay Morant made his All-Star Game debut and won the Most Improved Player award. Taylor Jenkins finished second in the poll for the best coach of the year. Kleiman hired Jenkins in 2019 and later drafted Morant with the number 2 pick.

Kleiman first joined Memphis in 2015 as an in-house legal advisor as assistant general manager for the 2018-19 season. He worked at an international law firm before working for Memphis.

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