Canton Charge General Manager Mike Gansey was named NBA Development League Basketball Executive of the Year for the 2016-17 season, the League announced today. The honor came from a peer vote of Gansey’s fellow NBA D-League basketball executives.
“The entire Cavaliers family is extremely pleased that Mike Gansey is receiving the recognition that he is here today,” said Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin. “Gans is among the best and brightest of all young executives in the game. This award couldn’t be more deserved both in terms of ability to build and develop teams and coaching staffs and his ability to lead and guide a front office. Mike has worked seamlessly in conjunction with Trent Redden, Koby Altman and Brendon Yu on the player personnel side and has a unique ability to take those facets of Cavaliers culture that we cherish off the floor, and further them.”
Gansey and his staff led Canton to a 29-21 record this past season, clinching the Charge a NBA D-League high sixth consecutive playoff berth as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Canton used 19 different players in 18 different starting lineups to rank in the top ten in both offensive scoring (110.1 ppg; 8th) and defensive points allowed (106.8 ppg, 7th).
Cavaliers rookie Kay Felder (2nd round, 54th overall) played in 11 games on assignment in Canton this season, averaging 29.9 points and 6.0 assists. NBA veteran Larry Sanders also played four games on assignment from the Cavaliers, averaging 6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Quinn Cook, the 2016 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, came back this season to win the League scoring title (26.0 ppg) and earn Gatorade Call-Ups to the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.
With three Canton coaches receiving NBA Call-Ups prior to the start of this season, Gansey retooled the Charge staff by promoting Nate Reinking to Head Coach and hiring NBA veteran Melvin Ely and Sam Jones as assistants. Seven coaches, three staff members and 12 players have received Call-Ups under Gansey.
The Olmstead Falls native Gansey has held a leadership role over Canton’s basketball operations since 2012 and also does scouting for the Cavaliers after getting his start in Cleveland during the 2011-12 season as a basketball operations assistant. Gansey played collegiately at West Virginia, where, as a senior, he led the Mountaineers to the Sweet 16 and was named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Award, the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy. Following his college career, he played professionally overseas in Italy, Germany and Spain and also played 57 games in the D-League over two seasons with Anaheim, Idaho and Erie.
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The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.