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.
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Who will win the 2008-09 MVP?
1. LeBron James - 55.6%
2. Kobe Bryant -- 37.0%
3. Chris Paul -- 7.4%
If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
1. LeBron James -- 66.7%
2. Kobe Bryant -- 18.5%
3. Dwight Howard -- 11.1%
4. Chris Paul - 3.7%
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
1. Kobe Bryant -- 63.0%
2. LeBron James -- 25.9%
3. Chris Paul -- 7.4%
4. Kevin Garnett - 3.7%
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2008-09?
1. Andrew Bynum -- 18.5%
2. Kevin Durant -- 11.1%
3. Rudy Gay -- 7.4%
Rodney Stuckey -- 7.4%
Al Thornton -- 7.4%
Marvin Williams -- 7.4%
Others receiving votes: Elton Brand, Rudy Fernandez, T.J. Ford, Randy Foye, Danny Granger, Jeff Green, Andre Iguodala, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy, Louis Williams, Yao Ming
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
1. Chris Paul -- 88.9%
Others receiving votes: Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Deron Williams
Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant -- 92.6%
Others receiving votes: Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade
Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
1. LeBron James -- 92.6%
Others receiving votes: Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce
Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
1. Tim Duncan -- 51.9%
2. Kevin Garnett - 25.9%
3. Amare Stoudemire -- 11.1%
4. Dirk Nowitzki -- 7.4%
5. Dwight Howard -- 3.7%
Who is the best center in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard -- 55.6%
2. Yao Ming -- 25.9%
3. Tim Duncan -- 18.5%
* - Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to each question of the survey, rather than all 30 general managers.
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