GM Myers is latest Warrior to win award 

In Bob Myers, Dick Vertlieb now has company in the Warriors history book.

On Friday, Myers became the second recipient of the 2014-15 NBA Executive of the Year in franchise history. Vertlieb captured the award when he engineered the Warriors’ lone league championship in the Bay Area 40 years ago.

“It’s a testament to the entire group,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Bob will be the first to say that. The trophy will go on his shelf, but it’s something the entire organization should take great pride in.”

Myers, who spent 14 years as a sports agent, totaled 82 points and received 13 of the 30 first-place votes from a panel of league executives. He beat out the Cleveland Cavaliers’ David Griffin (69 points, eight first-place votes) and the Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Budenholzer (36 points, four first-place votes).

While Griffin certainly made the loudest moves last offseason by bringing LeBron James and Kevin Love to Cleveland, it was Myers’ restraint and off-the-court changes that likely helped him win the award.

Myers also made the difficult decision to let go of coach Mark Jackson following two straight playoff appearances. He brought in Kerr even though the then TNT analyst had no previous experience at the position.

The front office decided to stay put in the Love sweepstakes, electing not to make Klay Thompson available via trade. On the heels of a four-year, $70-million contract extension, Thompson responded with the best season of his career. He earned an All-Star selection for the first time.

Those are but two of the integral accomplishments in Myers’ three-year tenure, which include selecting Harrison Barnes (seventh overall) and Draymond Green (35th) in the 2012 draft. He also signed Stephen Curry to a four-year, $44-million deal before the 2012-13 season, and the guard subsequently blossomed into a Most Valuable Player candidate and one of the best contract values in the league.

Myers also acquired Andre Iguodala, Marresse Speights, Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston in the last two off-seasons to round out one of the most efficient benches in the league.

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