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James Jones, voted best leader of the year | NBA

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Just before the kick-off of the Western Conference final, it was Robert Sarver, the Suns boss, who broke the news to everyone: James Jones won the “Executive Of The Year” trophy, which each year rewards the best leader of the season. A poll in which only GMs vote.

Appointed GM in 2019, after two seasons as vice president and interim GM, the former Heat and Cavaliers winger turned the franchise into a title contender with the hiring of Chris Paul and Jae Crowder last fall, then reinforcing the bench with Torrey Craig during the season. All while extending Devin Booker and making great catches in the 2018 Draft with Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.

At 40, and only four years after his arrival, he managed to bring Phoenix back to the playoffs after a decade of famine.

In the votes, Jones was just ahead of Dennis Lindsey (Jazz) as they obtained the same number of 1st and 2nd places, and Jones won thanks to more votes for 3rd place.

Tirs Rebounds
Players MJ Min Tirs 3pts LF Off Def Until Pd Bp Int Ct Fte Pts
Devin Booker 67 33.9 48.4 34.0 86.7 0.5 3.7 4.2 4.3 3.1 0.8 0.2 2.7 25.6
Chris Paul 70 31.4 49.9 39.5 93.4 0.4 4.1 4.5 8.9 2.2 1.4 0.3 2.4 16.4
Deandre Ayton 69 30.6 62.6 20.0 76.9 3.3 7.2 10.5 1.4 1.5 0.6 1.2 2.8 14.4
Mikal Bridges 72 32.6 54.3 42.5 84.0 1.1 3.2 4.3 2.1 0.8 1.1 0.9 1.6 13.5
Jae Crowder 60 27.5 40.4 38.9 76.0 0.5 4.2 4.7 2.1 0.9 0.8 0.5 2.1 10.1
Cameron Johnson 60 24.0 42.0 34.9 84.7 0.6 2.8 3.3 1.4 0.7 0.6 0.3 1.4 9.6
Dario Saric 50 17.4 44.7 34.8 84.8 0.9 2.9 3.8 1.3 1.1 0.6 0.1 1.9 8.7
Cameron Payne 60 18.0 48.4 44.0 89.3 0.3 2.1 2.4 3.6 1.0 0.6 0.3 1.6 8.4
Torrey Craig 32 18.8 50.3 36.9 80.0 1.4 3.4 4.8 1.0 0.6 0.6 0.6 1.8 7.2
Abdel Nader 24 14.8 49.1 41.9 75.7 0.3 2.3 2.6 0.8 0.8 0.4 0.4 1.4 6.7
Frank Kaminsky 47 15.2 47.1 36.5 61.7 0.8 3.2 4.0 1.7 0.5 0.3 0.4 1.5 6.6
E’twaun Moore 27 14.4 45.5 31.4 85.7 0.5 1.1 1.7 1.5 0.9 0.6 0.2 1.2 4.9
Langston Galloway 40 10.9 44.9 42.4 95.7 0.2 0.9 1.1 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.6 4.8
Jevon Carter 60 11.9 42.2 37.1 57.1 0.3 1.3 1.5 1.2 0.3 0.5 0.1 0.9 4.1
Jalen Smith 27 5.8 44.0 23.5 71.4 0.3 1.1 1.4 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.6 2.0
Damian Jones 14 6.7 50.0 0.0 54.5 0.5 0.8 1.3 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.4 1.4 1.6
Ty-shon Alexander 15 3.2 25.0 22.2 50.0 0.1 0.5 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.6
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