The annual GM survey has come out this year. You can see the entire thing here at NBA.com.
The Miami Heat and LeBron James received the most love and deservedly so. The GM’s have a lot of respect for the Thunder and its two stars as well.
Most notably, 39.3 percent of GMs said they would want Kevin Durant taking the final shot in a game. Kobe Bryant came in second at 32.1 percent and Carmelo Anthony and LeBron tied for third at 7.1 percent. This was down from 46.7 percent of GMs saying Durant a year ago.
I’ll just go run down where else the Thunder appear in this survey:
- Which team will win the 2014 NBA Finals? — OKC received some votes with Miami and San Antonio being the two top teams.
- OKC was second in which team will win the West at 36.7 percent. The Spurs were first at 40 percent.
- OKC at 96.6 percent to win the Northwest Division.
- Durant second behind LeBron in MVP at 24.1 percent.
- Durant second behind LeBron in which team you’d want to start a franchise with at 6.9 percent. LeBron was 89.7 percent.
- Durant second behind LeBron (are you starting to see the trend?) in which player causes opposing coaches to make the most adjustments.
- Reggie Jackson tied for third in which player is most likely to breakout. Jeremy Lamb also received some votes here.
- Russell Westbrook wasn’t in the top three for best PG in the NBA.
- James Harden thought to be the best SG. Durant third among SG’s receiving 6.7 percent.
- Durant second behind LeBron at SF. KD also received votes for best PF.
- OKC received some votes for making the best overall moves this offseason.
- Steven Adams received some votes as the most underrated acquisition.
- Andre Roberson received some votes to win Rookie of the Year.
- Adams received votes as who will be the best rookie in five years. He was also third in the steal of the draft.
- Serge Ibaka received votes as most likely international player to breakout. Also as best defensive player in the NBA. Ibaka came in third in best interior defender.
- OKC received some votes as best defensive team in the NBA.
- Scott Brooks received votes as coach who is the best manager/motivator, and as the best to make in-game adjustments. He received no votes for running the best offense in the NBA.
- Derek Fisher finished fourth as current player that will make the best NBA coach one day.
- OKC finished third as team that is most fun to watch. They also of course finished first in team with the best home-court advantage.
- Westbrook behind LeBron as the most athletic player in the NBA. Westbrook finished first as the fastest player with the ball.
- Durant came in third as best pure shooter behind only Curry and Ray Allen. KD came in first at getting his own shot.
- Westbrook tied for second as most dangerous in the open floor. Durant also received votes in this category, as well as best finisher at the rim.
- Nick Collison received votes as player who makes the most of limited natural ability. He also finished third as toughest player.
- KD finished fourth as the best leader in the league. Russ and Fisher also received votes in this.