Monday 18th December 2017,
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Annual NBA GM Survey Released for 2017-18

Annual NBA GM Survey Released for 2017-18

NBA GM Survey

Every year since 2002, the NBA has anonymously surveyed all 30 NBA general managers to get the consensus prediction on things such as which team will win the NBA championship in the coming season, who will win MVP ,top four teams in each conference, who you would start a franchise with and more.

Overall general managers were asked 47 questions about the upcoming season and they were not allowed to vote for their own organization or players for any of the questions answered. The percentages to determine a consensus were based on the number of responses for a given question in total, not for all 30 GMs as not all of them answered every single question.

As you can guess, LeBron James was the answer as being the best player in most categories and the Golden State Warriors were the overwhelming consensus to win the NBA title yet again with 93% of the vote. The highest percentage in the history of the survey.

Explore the rest of the results for yourself (all information courtesy of NBA.com)…

Which team will win the 2018 NBA Finals?

1. Golden State – 93%

2. Cleveland – 7%

Who will win the 2017-18 MVP?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 50%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State –29%

3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 11%

4. James Harden, Houston – 7%

5. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 4%

If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 29%

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 21%

3. LeBron James, Cleveland – 18%

4. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 14%

5. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 11%

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 48%

2. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 21%

3. James Harden, Houston – 14%

4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 7%

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2017-18?

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 21%

2. Kristaps Porzingis, New York – 14%

3. Myles Turner, Indiana – 14%

4. Jusuf Nurkic, Portland – 10%

5. Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota – 7%

Who is the best point guard in the NBA?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 62%

2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 28%

3. Chris Paul, Houston – 7%

4. John Wall, Washington – 3%

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?

1. James Harden, Houston – 83%

2. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 10%

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 61%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 32%

3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 7%

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?

1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans – 41%

2. LeBron James, Cleveland – 28%

3. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 17%

4. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 7%

Who is the best center in the NBA?

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 28%

2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans – 24%

3. Marc Gasol, Memphis – 21%

4. DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans – 14%

Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?

1. Oklahoma City – 43%

2. Boston – 25%

3. Minnesota – 14%

4. Houston – 11%

5. Golden State – 7%

Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?

1. Paul George, Oklahoma City – 59%

2. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota – 17%

3. Chris Paul, Houston – 10%

4. Kyrie Irving, Boston – 7%

What was the most underrated player acquisition?

1. Paul Millsap, Denver – 24%

2. Avery Bradley, Detroit – 17%

3. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota – 10%

Jae Crowder, Cleveland – 10%

5. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento – 7%

Rudy Gay, San Antonio – 7%

Which team will be most improved in 2017-18?

1. Minnesota – 69%

2. Philadelphia – 17%

What was the most surprising move of the offseason?

1. Boston-Cleveland trade – 45%

2. Paul George to Oklahoma City – 24%

3. Chris Paul to Houston – 14%

Who will win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year?

1. Lonzo Ball, L.A. Lakers – 62%

2. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia – 24%

3. Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas – 7%

Which rookie will be the best player in five years?

1. Josh Jackson, Phoenix – 24%

2. Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia – 21%

Jayson Tatum, Boston – 21%

4. Lonzo Ball, L.A. Lakers – 14%

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia – 14%

Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft?

1. Dennis Smith Jr. (9), Dallas – 37%

2. Kyle Kuzma (27), L.A. Lakers – 22%

3. Donovan Mitchell (13), Utah – 7%

Who is the best international player in the NBA?

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 69%

2. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 14%

3. Marc Gasol, Memphis – 10%

4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York – 7%

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 62%

2. Draymond Green, Golden State – 21%

3. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 10%

Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 72%

2. Avery Bradley, Detroit – 14%

Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?

1. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 66%

2. DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers – 24%

Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?

1. Golden State – 55%

2. San Antonio – 34%

3. Utah – 7%

Who is the best head coach in the NBA?

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 82%

2. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 11%

Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 62%

2. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 17%

3. Erik Spoelstra, Miami – 7%

Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?

1. Rick Carlisle, Dallas – 34%

2. Brad Stevens, Boston – 31%

3. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 24%

Which head coach runs the best offense?

1. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 59%

2. Mike D’Antoni, Houston – 24%

3. Brad Stevens, Boston – 10%

Which head coach has the best defensive schemes?

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 41%

2. Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota – 34%

3. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 7%

Which active player will make the best head coach someday?

1. Chris Paul, Houston – 39%

2. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio – 14%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 7%

Which team is the most fun to watch?

1. Golden State – 90%

2. Houston – 7%

3. Denver – 3%

Which team has the best home-court advantage?

1. Golden State – 76%

2. Oklahoma City – 7%

San Antonio – 7%

Which player is the most athletic?

1. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 62%

2. LeBron James, Cleveland – 14%

3. Zach LaVine, Chicago – 10%

Which player is the best pure shooter?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 71%

2. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 25%

3. Devin Booker, Phoenix – 4%

Which player is the fastest with the ball?

1. John Wall, Washington – 48%

2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 45%

Which player is best at moving without the ball?

1. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 61%

2. J.J. Redick, Philadelphia – 14%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 7%

Which player is the best passer?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 36%

2. Chris Paul, Houston – 32%

3. James Harden, Houston – 7%

What bench player makes the biggest impact when he enters the game?

1. Andre Iguodala, Golden State – 41%

2. Eric Gordon, Houston – 24%

3. Jamal Crawford, Minnesota – 10%

Who is the toughest player in the NBA?

1. Steven Adams, Oklahoma City – 14%

2. Draymond Green, Golden State – 14%

3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 14%

Which player is the best leader?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 43%

2. Chris Paul, Houston – 21%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 14%

Who is the most versatile player in the NBA?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 55%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 14%

3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 14%

Which player has the best basketball IQ?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 64%

2. Chris Paul, Houston –14%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 11%

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 55%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 34%

3. Kyrie Irving, Boston – 7%

What rule (regarding play, Draft/Lottery, playoff format, etc.) most needs to change?

1. Playoff seeding – 27%

2. Draft Lottery odds/system – 21%

3. Draft combine (timing, medical testing, etc.) – 11%

4. Advance-the-ball rule – 7%

The most interesting tidbits to take out of this survey are that Karl Anthony-Towns is still seen as the player teams want to build around the most and that Lonzo Ball is viewed as the rookie of the year yet GMs think that Josh Jackson will be the best player in 5 years. Rick Carlisle was also voted as the best at in-game adjustments once again which really points to that being true considering the fact that he wasn’t ranked as top three for best coach in the NBA in general. It is pretty clear as well that many western conference GMs likely voted for a change in playoff seeding as their thing that needs to change most as the west projects to be far superior yet again in 2017-18.

We are less than two weeks away from another season full of drama, heart-pounding action and entertainment on and off the court! I have my popcorn ready…

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