James Jones took over the second-worst team in the NBA back in 2018, filling in for perpetual loser Ryan McDonough who built a culture that was far too comfortable with tanking, mediocrity, and internal chaos.
Why bring up McDonough at all, you ask? Well, apparently now (after Jones wins the award) is the time for the national media to give Ryan his undeserving flowers.
This is the man that angered nearly every decent player that donned a Suns uniform with his putrid player relation skills and inability to construct a balanced roster. A man that tanked for years on end only to miss on more lottery picks than one should be allowed to.
If I could sum up McDonough’s tenure in one tweet this would be it:
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
Enough about Ryan. This is about Champ. “The Architect” that constructed this beautiful roster and installed a culture that thrived so quickly that they were able to become a destination that Chris Paul wanted to go to after being a laughingstock under previous regimes as early as 2.5 years ago.
Cheers to the man that brought Phoenix to its’ first Western Conference Finals appearance since Steve Nash dawned Suns purple and orange.
James Jones wins 2020-21 NBA Executive of the Year pic.twitter.com/QCKR9hMteV
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 20, 2021
It was announced on the Suns’ home floor prior to tip-off of Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers and Jones got a roar of applause. While I’m sure he appreciated it, deep down you know he’s not satisfied until he brings a ring to The Valley.
It was a close vote conducted by executives around the league, and Jones got nine first-place votes and had 65 total points, just beating out Jazz VP of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey who received 61 total points.
James Jones’ track record
- Hired Monty Williams as head coach.
- Traded mistake signing Trevor Ariza (McD) for Kelly Oubre.
- Brought in veterans Rubio, Baynes, Saric to establish culture/identity.
- Drafted Cam Johnson despite the backlash. Ty Jerome in the same draft.
- Dumped Josh Jackson and TJ Warren for cap space and culture reasons.
- Added Jevon Carter for work ethic.
- Signed Cameron Payne.
- Traded Rubio, Oubre, Jerome (his acquisitions) for Chris Paul and Abdel Nader.
- Signed Jae Crowder to MLE.
- Re-signed Saric and Carter for continuity.
- Brought in veteran locker room presences in Galloway, Moore, and Kaminsky.
- Got Torrey Craig for former fan favorite Cash Considerations.
The main difference between Ryan McDonough and James Jones?
Tomorrow instead of getting excited about the NBA Draft Lottery, Suns fans can look forward to Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. /drops mic
Congratulations to James Jones on winning a well-deserved award for the roster and more importantly the winning culture he built in order for this team to make that leap to title contention.
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