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Reeve named WNBA Executive of the Year

Minnesota coach helped lead Lynx to playoffs despite the departure of three key players
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Cheryl Reeve and Jana Shortal

Cheryl Reeve has just about done it all.

The longtime Minnesota Lynx coach has led her squad to four WNBA championships while garnering a pair of WNBA Coach of the Year accolades along the way (2011 and 2016).

But now she can add WNBA Executive of the Year to that list.

The WNBA announced Wednesday that Reeve was this year's top executive. It's the first time she's won the award.

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Reeve, who took over as Minnesota's general manager back in December 2017, and Las Vegas' Dan Padover each received four first-place votes, but Reeve also received two runner-up votes to Padover's one second-place vote. The voting panel is made up of executives from around the league.

Reeve has already cemented her legacy as one of the league's top coaches with the highest winning percentages - both regular season and playoffs - in league history, but after drafting the eventual WNBA Rookie of the Year in Napheesa Collier and trading for all-star Odyssey Sims, Reeve proved she knows more than just X's and O's.

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After losing three major pieces - Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson - Reeve was still able to guide the Lynx to the postseason.

Reeve will get her next test in the spring of 2020 when the Lynx pick No. 6 in the WNBA Draft, the same spot Collier was selected in the 2019 draft.