Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond has been named the 2009-10 NBA Executive of the Year.
The Bucks totaled 46 wins in 2009-10, a 12-game improvement from last season, and earned the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2005-06. Hammond’s decision to select Brandon Jennings with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft paid immediate dividends for the Bucks. Jennings won a starting spot in training camp and went on to average 15.5 points during his rookie season.
Hammond also named Scott Skiles the Bucks head coach when he took over, and Skiles’ trademark commitment to defense rubbed off. In two years, the Bucks have gone from allowing 103.9 ppg in 2007-08 (23rd) to 96.0 ppg in 2009-10 (7th).
Hammond said this was a good year, but they want to continue to improve. He said his winning the Executive of the Year award is about the year Scott Skiles and the players had.