As happens each season, the NBA general managers were asked their thoughts about various things NBA, and John Schuhmann of NBA.com has all the results of the GM Survey for you. Not all of them are surprising.
By a slim majority, they expect the Cavaliers to win the title this year with 53.6 percent picking Cleveland. Only 17.9 percent of them picked the Golden State Warriors to repeat, so you figure that sizeable chip on their collective shoulder is going to just get a little bit bigger. I’m guessing we know who Doc Rivers didn’t vote for.
And they expect LeBron James to add to his MVP trophy case as well. So yeah, if you’re a Cleveland fan, you like the survey. Only 7.3 percent think last year’s winner, Stephen Curry will get it again. So more chip.
They expect the top four teams in the East to be Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta and Miami with Golden State, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Western Conference first-round series.
If they were to start a new franchise, they’d grab Anthony Davis. All but four of the GMs chose the Brow while Kevin Durant and LeBron James got two votes each.
James forces opposing coaches to adjust the most by a landslide–62.9 percent. The Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins expected to have a breakout year, but a whole host of players got named on ballots.
And the “best” at each position respectively were Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol. Some GMs proved they don’t know what position players play as Curry got a vote for shooting guard and so did Kevin Durant. Either that or they were cheating the survey.
The Spurs made the best moves this summer, which apparently is at least in part because of landing LaMarcus Aldridge, who was chosen as biggest impact player landed. Ty Lawson was dubbed most underrated acquisition.
And in a completely unsurprising vote, DeAndre Jordan’s “Yeah, now-that-I-think-about-it” moment was the most surprising of the offseason.
That’s just the first section! Go and check out the survey for the full results.