Historic Zach Kleiman: ‘Executive of the Year’ at 33

Zachary Kleiman, general manager and vice president of operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, has won the 2022 ‘Best Executive of the Year’ award, the NBA reported through its communication department.

The Tennessee manager has beaten Koby Altman (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Arturas Karnisovas (Chicago Bulls), who have tied for second place. For his part, Kleiman makes history in the NBA by winning the award at just 33 years old, and the second in the history of the Grizzlies after the legendary Jerry West in 2004.

The Memphis Grizzlies, currently down 2-3 in the Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors, finished the regular season in 2nd position in the West with a creditable record of 56 wins and only 26 losses. Ja Morant is the face of an exciting young project along with other notable secondary characters, such as Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke or Desmond Bane among others.

This is how the voting ended

The aforementioned Kleiman was first with a total of 85 points and 16 votes for first place. Following this, Altman and Karnisovas tied for second with 27 points, and tied for third and fourth respectively with James Jones (Phoenix Suns) and Pat Riley with 26 points each.

  • Zach Kleiman (Memphis): 85 points
  • Koby Altman (Cleveland): 27 points
  • Arturas Karnisovas (Chicago): 27 points
  • James Jones (Phoenix): 26 points
  • Pat Riley (Miami): 26 points
  • Brad Stevens (Boston): 20 points
  • Masai Ujiri (Toronto): 13 points
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