Spurs' Buford beats out Suns' McDonough for executive award
MAY 07, 2014 1:29p ET
Suns' first-year general manager Ryan McDonough was a close second. Buford got nine first-place votes and 58 points, to McDonough's five first-place votes and 47 points.
The postseason awards circuit mirrored an NBA season in which the Suns were widely hailed for fashioning an unexpected 48-win season, only to fall one victory short of the playoffs.
The principal architects of their 23-win improvement -- McDonough and first-year coach Jeff Hornacek -- were lauded all season long for pulling all the right strings, but that one missing victory might well have cost both in the awards voting.
Hornacek finished second in the Coach of the Year tally, behind San Antonio's Gregg Popovich.
The Suns were rewarded with one piece of postseason hardware: Goran Dragic as the league's Most Improved Player. On the other hand, Dragic was snubbed in selections for the NBA All-Star Game. In the MVP voting, he was 16th with three fifth-place votes.