In Monday’s NBA Awards Show, the Nets were shut out but there was progress ... and recognition of how far the organization has come.
Eleven weeks after ballots were turned in and counted, the league handed out its most coveted honors, from MVP to Executive of the Year.
D’Angelo Russell, who led the Nets to their surprising 42-40 record, finished second to the Raptors Pascal Siakem in Most Improved Player voting but the final tally wasn’t that close.
Siakam won 86 out of 100 possible first-place votes for MIP. Russell had 12.
In the Coach of the Year balloting, Kenny Atkinson fifth behind the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer. Atkinson did garner two first place votes.
And in Executive of the Year balloting, Sean Marks also finished fifth, behind Bucks GM Jon Horst. Marks received one first place vote.
The EoY Award is voted by team executives. All the other awards are voted by NBA writers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was named MVP.