Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones has won the 2020-21 NBA Executive of the Year award.
He beat out Utah Jazz vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey and Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks.
The Executive of the Year award is voted on by the executives themselves, unlike other awards in the NBA.
The award was presented to Jones by Suns owner Robert Sarver before the tip-off of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Jones’ former teammate during his time as a player, LeBron James, congratulated him on Twitter, saying: “YELLING CONGRATS to my brother James “CHAMP” Jones on Executive of the Year!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥”
Both Jones and Lindsey had nine first-place votes. However, Jones had more votes in total. Marks finished third, New York Knicks’ Leon Rose fourth, and Denver Nuggets’ Tim Connelly fifth.
Travis Schlenk of the Atlanta Hawks, Mitch Kupchak of the Charlotte Hornets, Sam Presti of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Neil Olshey of the Portland Trail Blazers all received at least one first-place vote each.