Grunwald third in executive of year voting

Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald finished tied for third in the executive of the year voting, the NBA announced Thursday.

Denver's Masai Ujiri won the award, and the L.A. Clippers' Gary Sacks came in second place. Grunwald tied for third place with Houston's Daryl Morey, who both totaled 25 points. Grunwald had two first-place votes. A panel of the GM's fellow basketball executives throughout the league did the balloting.

A few highlights for Grunwald include: going after seasoned veterans who could help the Knicks succeed faster with their win-now mentality; building a respectable point guard duo in Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, with the uncertainty of Jeremy Lin's future looming; believing in Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland that they were worthy signees; not shopping Iman Shumpert at the trade deadline; and snatching Kenyon Martin.

While talking about K-Mart on Thursday, Mike Woodson credited Grunwald's work.

"Ever since [Martin has] come on board, he's been a major plus for our team," Woodson said. "We would've been totally lost had we not picked up Kenyon. I tip my hat to Glen Grunwald, our general manager, and Mr. Dolan for allowing us to bring him in, because we were beat up at that time with our bigs."

This season the Knicks had at least 50 wins (54) for the first time since 1999-2000, and they won their first Atlantic Division title in 19 years.

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