Bulls' Arturas Karnisovas finishes 2nd in NBA Executive of the Year voting


(670 The Score) Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas tied for second in the NBA Executive of the Year voting.

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Grizzlies executive vice president of basketball operations Zach Kleiman won the award with 85 points and by garnering 16 of 29 first-place votes. Karnisovas had 27 points and one first-place vote. He tied for second with Cavaliers president of basketball operations Koby Altman.

At 33, Kleiman is the youngest recipient of the award in history. The award is voted on by peers.

In the second year of Karnisovas' tenure in Chicago, the Bulls went 46-36 in the regular season to earn the No. 6 seed in the East and their first playoff berth in five years. Chicago lost to Milwaukee in five games in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulls had gone 31-41 in 2020-’21, Karnisovas’ first in charge in Chicago.

Karnisovas authored a series of high-profile moves last offseason that paid dividends, including sign-and-trades for star DeMar DeRozan and starting point guard Lonzo Ball.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.