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San Antonio Spurs GM R.C. Buford named NBA Executive of the Year

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    Portland Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez (42) and Nicolas Batum (88) battle with San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) for a rebound during the first half of Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press)

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    San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw (33), of France, and Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, celebrate during the first half of Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press)

San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been named the NBA's Executive of the Year for the first time in his well-respected, under-the-radar career.

The NBA announced the honor Wednesday, one day after the Spurs dominated Portland in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Buford is highly regarded by his peers, but his low-key approach has likely contributed to being overlooked during awards season.

In his 12th season as GM, Buford re-signed Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter and signed Marco Belinelli as a free agent to help the Spurs win a league-best 62 games in the regular season.

Phoenix's Ryan McDonough finished second and Portland's Neil Olshey third in the voting.