Posted Oct 28 2008 6:08PM
Will the Boston Celtics be the first NBA team to repeat as champions since the 2002 Lakers? Perhaps it will be the latest version of the Lake Show to stop them? Is this the year that the King gets crowned MVP? Which team helped themselves the most this summer? Will the Rookie of the Year come from this year's draft class or last year's?
NBA.com posed these questions and more to the league's general managers, and nearly all of the GM's responded to our survey.*
Here's what the guys who call the shots think will transpire this season.
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• Q&A with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak
• 2008-09 NBA Expert Predictions
• 2008-09 NBA Celebrity Predictions
• 2007-2008 GM Survey
Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Kevin Garnett -- 44.4%
2. Ron Artest -- 22.2%
3. Kobe Bryant -- 11.1%
4. Bruce Bowen -- 7.4%
Tim Duncan -- 7.4%
Others receiving votes: Marcus Camby, Tyson Chandler
Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
1. Bruce Bowen -- 44.4%
2. Kobe Bryant -- 25.9%
3. Ron Artest -- 14.8%
Others receiving votes: Shane Battier, Raja Bell, James Posey, Tayshaun Prince
Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
1. Kevin Garnett -- 40.7%
2. Tim Duncan -- 18.5%
Dwight Howard -- 18.5%
4. Marcus Camby -- 7.4%
Tyson Chandler -- 7.4%
Others receiving votes: DeSagana Diop, Josh Smith
Who is the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant -- 26.9%
2. Ron Artest -- 19.2%
Bruce Bowen -- 19.2%
Rajon Rondo -- 19.2%
Others receiving votes: Devin Harris, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus
Which player best defends the passing lanes in the NBA?
1. Allen Iverson -- 26.9%
2. Trevor Ariza - 11.5%
Caron Butler - 11.5%
4. Kobe Bryant -- 7.7%
LeBron James -- 7.7%
Chris Paul -- 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Ron Artest, Leandro Barbosa, Baron Davis, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Martin, James Posey, Rajon Rondo
* - Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to each question of the survey, rather than all 30 general managers.
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Karl Anthony-Towns drives and throws down the monster slam in the face of Andre Drummond.
|Cousins Dribbles Inside for the And-One Dunk|
Demarcus Cousins drives in for the dunk, plus the foul.
|Wildcat vs. Wildcat|
Eric Bledsoe takes his fellow Kentucky Wildcat to the hole, draws the foul and makes the shot for the and-1 opportunity.
|Anthony With the Pass, Porzingis With the Dunk|
Off the Kings miss, Knicks run the break and Carmelo Anthony passes to Kristaps Porizingis for the slam.
|Assist of the Night - LeBron James|
LeBron James gets the no-look, behind-the-back dish to Richard Jefferson for the reverse slam.