Posted Oct 28 2008 6:07PM
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.
• Rookies & International
• Q&A with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak
• 2008-09 NBA Expert Predictions
• 2008-09 NBA Celebrity Predictions
• 2007-2008 GM Survey
Which team made the best overall moves?
1. Philadelphia -- 51.9%
2. Houston -- 18.5%
3. Cleveland -- 7.4%
L.A. Clippers -- 7.4%
Milwaukee -- 7.4%
Others receiving votes: New Orleans, Portland
Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?
1. Elton Brand -- 66.7%
2. Ron Artest -- 22.2%
Others receiving votes: Baron Davis, Richard Jefferson, Jermaine O'Neal
What was the most underrated player acquisition?
1. James Posey -- 22.2%
2. Rudy Fernandez -- 11.1%
3. Mickael Pietrus -- 7.4%
Mo Williams -- 7.4%
Others receiving votes: Ron Artest, Brent Barry, Elton Brand, Marcus Camby, Josh Childress, Baron Davis, DeSagana Diop, Chris Duhon, Maurice Evans, Richard Jefferson, James Jones, Desmond Mason & Joe Smith, Roger Mason, Jermaine O'Neal
Which team will be most improved in 2008-09?
1. Miami -- 25.9%
Portland -- 25.9%
3. Milwaukee -- 14.8%
Philadelphia -- 14.8%
5. Oklahoma City -- 11.1%
Others receiving votes: Charlotte, Houston
What was the most surprising move of the offseason?
1. Elton Brand -- 30.0%
2. Marcus Camby -- 24.0%
3. Baron Davis -- 22.0%
4. Ron Artest -- 12.0%
Others receiving votes: Josh Childress, Vinny Del Negro, Mike Miller
* - Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to each question of the survey, rather than all 30 general managers.
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