Mike Budenholzer has been wearing two hats for some time, and on Friday, he was given a bit of recognition for the lesser-known of his titles. The Atlanta Hawks head coach has been acting as the team's general manager in the wake of the Danny Ferry controversy, and for his work, Budenholzer finished third in the voting for the 2014-2015 NBA Executive of the Year award.
Warriors GM Bob Myers named Executive of the Year, ahead of CLE's David Griffin and ATL's Mike Budenholzer. pic.twitter.com/jEhtQv1rac— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 1, 2015
The full voting, via Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, is listed above, but Budenholzer received four first-place votes, five second-place votes and a third-place vote. Golden State's Bob Myers finished as the winner, with Cleveland's David Griffin in second place. Previously, Budenholzer earned the 2014-2015 NBA Coach of the Year for his fantastic work on Atlanta's bench this season.
Though this off-season was highlighted by more peripheral moves in the acquisitions of Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore, the job done by Ferry and Budenholzer in constructing this roster should be commended. It will undoubtedly be a bit controversial to see Budenholzer's name on the ballot given that Ferry was the primary manager of the current roster, but the voting is in and this is where it falls.
Congrats to coach Budenholzer and yet another honor.