Rob Pelinka snubbed for Executive of the Year award

Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair won the 2022-23 NBA Executive of the Year award. 

The Lakers' general manager, Rob Pelinka, finished in 11th place with four total points, as he got one second-place vote and one third-place vote. Pelinka was snubbed completely, as he should have been one of the top two vote-getters.

He completely turned around the Lakers season with their moves at the trade deadline. LA started the season 2-10, and they were in 13th place in the Western Conference for the majority of the season.

Pelinka completely retooled the roster at the trade deadline.

At the deadline, Lakers acquired:

D’Angelo Russell

Jarred Vanderbilt

Malik Beasley

Rui Hachimura

Mo Bamba

Davon Reed

2024 and 2025 Clippers second-round picks

Lakers traded away:

Russell Westbrook

Thomas Bryant

Juan Toscano-Anderson

Damian Jones

Kendrick Nunn

Patrick Beverley

2027 first-round pick (top-four protected)

2028 second-round pick (less favorable of Washington/LA)

2029 Lakers second-round pick

The moves completely rebuilt the roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The new players have fit well and they have a ton of depth. The LakeShow is now in the second round of the playoffs and are up 1-0 over the defending champion Warriors. The Lakers have become a championship contender after Pelinka’s moves. 

McNair is a deserving winner of the award, as the Kings made great offseason moves to make it to the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. However, Pelinka should have been a top-two vote-getter as he completely turned around the roster. 

Pelinka should not have finished in 11th place for the award. It is disrespectful that he finished so low in the award voting.

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