That earned Jones the NBA Executive of the Year Award.
Suns owner Robert Sarver presented Jones the award in front of the fans just before tip-off of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Jones had a 13-year NBA career and won three rings as one of LeBron James‘ favorite teammates.
YELLING CONGRATS to my brother James “CHAMP” Jones on Executive of the Year!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2021
After he retired on the court, he moved into the front office and has worked his way up the ranks on that side, taking over the Suns job in 2019.
Utah’s Dennis Lindsey finished second in very close voting — he had just as many first-place votes as Jones (nine), but Jones had more votes down the board. Sean Marks (Nets) finished third, Leon Rose of the Knicks fourth, and Tim Conley of the Nuggets fifth. The Executive of the Year award is voted on by the 30 GMs around the league.