The Warriors hired Bob Myers in 2011 and what a journey it has been. From drafting Draymond Green, to trading for Andre Iguodala, Myers has become one of the best general managers in the NBA and he has the championships to prove it.
The Warriors have won their second title in three years and the scary part is that they are barely getting started. The Warriors are in line to cement their place in history by becoming the NBA’s latest dynasty by winning the next several NBA championships.
You add the fact that last Summer Myers was able to lure Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City, the argument that Myers is the best general manager in the game is no longer much of an argument. The NBA agreed with that sentiment and selected Myers as the league’s Executive of the Year.
Quite frankly, this was more of a formality. Myers has made several moves that have put this team in this position, one that 29 other NBA teams would love to be in.
Myers has also been successful in the draft. He drafted Draymond Green in the second round and recently drafted Patrick McCaw who is easily the steal of the second round in last year’s draft. If that wasn’t enough, the Warriors drafted Jordan Bell in the second round this year and although he hasn’t stepped foot on an NBA court, it seems like Myers did it again and picked the perfect player.
In a couple of years, we might be talking about Myers being one of the best GM’s of all time. For the time being, the Warriors and the fans should be really appreciative of Myers and the work he has done in his time with the Warriors.
Here’s the full press release from the Warriors:
OAKLAND, CA – Golden State Warriors President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Bob Myers has been named the 2016-17 NBA Executive of the Year, earning his second such honor in three seasons, the league announced tonight at the inaugural NBA Awards in New York.
Myers, who previously won the award in 2014-15, is the first Warriors executive to earn the honor on multiple occasions, marking the third such honor in Warriors history (Dick Vertlieb, 1974-75). Myers is the 11th executive in NBA history to earn the honor multiple times and joins R.C. Buford (2013-14 & 2015-16), Bryan Colangelo (2004-05 & 2006-07), Geoff Petrie (1998-99 & 2000-01) and Stan Kasten (1985-86 & 1986-87) as the only executives to win the award twice in a span of three seasons.
Myers assembled a roster that won an NBA-best 67 games (67-15, .817) in 2016-17 and set an NBA single-season playoff record for win percentage with a 16-1 mark (.941) en route to the Warriors’ second title in three seasons. Golden State became the first team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in three-straight seasons (67, 73, 67), making its third-straight appearance in the NBA Finals.
Throughout Myers’ tenure, the Warriors have retained many of their top talents, signing starters Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to contract extensions. Following the 2015-16 season, Myers bolstered Golden State’s roster through free agency by signing two members of the Warriors’ 2016-17 starting lineup in Kevin Durant and Zaza Pachulia, as well as key reserves JaVale McGee and David West. Durant, the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player, went on to earn 2017 NBA Finals MVP honors in Golden State’s 4-1 series win over Cleveland.
Myers, who originally joined the Warriors on April 14, 2011, as assistant general manager/vice president of basketball operations and was named general manager on April 24, 2012, also acquired 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala in a three-team trade in 2013 and signed key contributors Shaun Livingston (2014) and Ian Clark (2015) to free agent contracts in recent years.
The Warriors have qualified for the postseason in each of Myers’ five full seasons at the helm, making five consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since qualifying for the postseason in each of the first six years of the league’s existence (1947-52). Golden State has compiled a regular-season record of 305-105 (.744) during Myers’ five-year tenure.
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