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Denver employed three different top executives during the 10-year playoff run that ended this season. Two of them, Masai Ujiri (2012-13) and Mark Warkentien (2008-09), won NBA Executive of the Year awards.

Grunfeld’s maneuvers in building the current Wizards team might warrant consideration for the honor … if he had inherited a mess he didn’t create.

He should be thankful he’s not a coach. The Golden State Warriors went from 23 wins to 46 wins and then 51 wins under Mark Jackson, yet he was fired last week. In four seasons under Lionel Hollins, the Memphis Grizzlies made three postseason trips and reached the Western Conference finals in 2012-13. He was fired after that season.

Supposedly, this was a make-or-break season for Grunfeld and the postseason appearance likely makes his position safe.

However, there remain legitimate concerns whether he’s the best candidate to take the Wizards from good to great. There are draft picks to be made, free agents to be signed and trades to be executed. Every GM faces those challenges and no one bats 1.000.

A .500 average might be enough to reach the playoffs, but a higher percentage is necessary to contend for championships.

Leonsis had grounds to replace Grunfeld a couple of years ago. The exciting postseason run has changed the atmosphere at Verizon Center and seemingly justified the decision to keep him.

But that could very well be a short-sighted view when long-term vision is needed.