Danny Ainge won the NBA's Executive of the Year award in 2008. Ainge deserved it, he put the team together that had the best single season turnaround in NBA history. The Celtics won 24 games in 2007,and a year later they won a league best 66 games, and they brought banner 17 to Boston.
This past summer, Ainge blew the team up,and started the rebuild. He put the Celtics in a great spot with picks and cap space in the coming years. Ainge also backed off a dumb Rondo trade this past season. Ainge finishing 7th is pretty good considering the Celtics missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge finished seventh in voting for the league's executive of the year award.
Ainge received five total votes, including a first-place vote, in balloting among his peers. League executives voted their top three choices.
San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford won the award. Ainge's former assistant Ryan McDonough finished second in balloting after his first year in charge of the Phoenix Suns.
Ainge started Boston's roster overhaul last summer by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn in exchange for three future first-round picks. While Boston labored through a transition year with a flawed roster, Ainge made two more moves in January aimed at unclogging the team's salary commitment and adding future draft picks.