The annual NBA general manager survey came out yesterday. All 30 GM’s were asked 57 questions from which team will most likely win the title to which player will win the MVP.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat got a lot of love from the GM’s and to no surprise. 70 percent of the GM’s believe Miami will repeat as champions this season. The Lakers came in at 23.3 percent while only 6.7 percent believe the Oklahoma City Thunder will. Last year in the poll, 74.1 percent believed Miami would win it all.
The Thunder are given only a 36.7 percent chance to win the Western Conference behind the Lakers at 60 percent. Last year, the Thunder were tops in the West at 67.9 percent.
The GM’s love what the Lakers did this offseason as 86.2 percent said they had the best offseason. 39.3 percent thought the Steve Nash signing in L.A. was the most surprising move of the offseason.
Two third of the GM’s believe LeBron will win his fourth MVP this season. Last year, Durant led in this category as 66.7 percent believed he’d win the award. This year, just 30.0 percent believe Durant will win the MVP.
Last year, the GM’s were split right down the middle with who they’d pick to start a franchise with as 37 percent picked LeBron and 37 percent picked Durant. Times have changed and now 80.0 percent say LeBron and 16.7 percent say Durant.
I’m not sure what is so different now than last year. I guess the GM’s really overreacted to LeBron’s poor Finals and some probably believed he may actually never win a title. Durant is still four years younger with unknown, unreached potential. I think you still take Durant here as LeBron will be 28 years old this season.
LeBron is of course believed to be the best small forward in the NBA by 73.3 percent of GM’s while 26.7 percent say it is Durant. It’s interesting that 16.7 percent of GM’s said LeBron was the best power forward.
No love for Russell Westbrook from the GM’s as he was not even in the top five in the best point guard in the league discussion. 20.7 percent believe Westbrook is the best athlete in the league and 36.7 percent (first) say he is the fastest with the ball.
Perry Jones III is thought to be the most athletic rookie by 6.7 percent of GM’s while Anthony Davis is first at 40 percent. Jones also received some votes for which rookie will be a “sleeper” success.
Serge Ibaka was said to be the best defender in the league by 13.3 percent of GM’s. Dwight Howard was first at 60 percent and LeBron second at 16.7 percent. Ibaka was picked as the best interior defender by 16.7 percent of GM’s.
Scott Brooks is believed to run the best offense by 6.9 percent of GM’s which may surprise some. Assistant Maurice Cheeks is believed to be the best assistant coach by 6.7 percent of GM’s.
The Thunder are believed to be the most fun team to watch by 30 percent of GM’s, leading all other teams. Also the Thunder have the best home court advantage according to 70 percent of GM’s while Miami and Utah were tied second at 10 percent.
20 percent say Durant is the best pure shooter, behind only Ray Allen at 62.1 percent. And finally, 46.7 percent of GM’s would want Durant taking the final shot with the ball in his hands more than anyone else.