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2010-11 GM Survey Results: Coaches


Posted Oct 6 2010 10:44AM

This was perhaps the craziest offseason in NBA history, one that shook up the league's landscape and never seemed to end. Even as training camps opened, the NBA's general managers were keeping busy. But they did find time to fill out NBA.com's ninth annual GM Survey.

Can Phil Jackson pull off his fourth three-peat, or will the new-look Miami Heat win a title in the first year together? Will LeBron James win another MVP award now that he's got a pair of stars around him, or is it Kevin Durant's time? And if you were putting together an NBA franchise, which of the two is the player you'd most like to start with?

Those are just a few of the 60 questions NBA general managers responded to. See how their opinions compare to yours and if they got it right a year ago.

General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to each question of the survey, rather than all 30 GMs.


Phil Jackson
Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
1. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 39.3%
2. Jerry Sloan, Utah 25.0%
3. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 21.4%
4. Larry Brown, Charlotte 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Doc Rivers, Boston; Stan Van Gundy, Orlando
- Last year: Phil Jackson 37.0%



Phil Jackson
Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?
1. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 46.4%
2. Doc Rivers, Boston 26.8%
3. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 17.9%
Also receiving votes:
Scott Skiles, Milwaukee; Jerry Sloan, Utah; Stan Van Gundy, Orlando
- Last year: Phil Jackson 48.1%



Gregg Popovich
Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 28.6%
2. Larry Brown, Charlotte 21.4%
3. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 10.7%
3. Doc Rivers, Boston 10.7%
3. Scott Skiles, Milwaukee 10.7%
6. Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Flip Saunders, Washington; Erik Spoelstra, Miami; Stan Van Gundy, Orlando
- Last year: Larry Brown 34.6%



Gregg Popovich
Which head coach is the best in the last two minutes of a close game?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 32.1%
2. Larry Brown, Charlotte 25.0%
3. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 17.9%
4. Scott Skiles, Milwaukee 14.3%
Also receiving votes:
Rick Adelman, Houston; Doc Rivers, Boston; Stan Van Gundy, Orlando
- Last year: Gregg Popovich 37.0%



Jerry Sloan
Which head coach runs the best offense?
1. Jerry Sloan, Utah 35.7%
2. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 17.9%
3. Rick Adelman, Houston 14.3%
4. Alvin Gentry, Phoenix 7.1%
4. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 7.1%
4. Stan Van Gundy, Orlando 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Rick Carlisle, Dallas; Flip Saunders, Washington; Scott Skiles, Milwaukee
- Last year: Phil Jackson 26.9%



Doc Rivers
Which head coach has the best defensive schemes?
1. Doc Rivers, Boston 28.6%
2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 25.0%
3. Stan Van Gundy, Orlando 10.7%
4. Larry Brown, Charlotte 7.1%
4. Nate McMillan, Portland 7.1%
4. Jerry Sloan, Utah 7.1%
4. Tom Thibodeau, Chicago 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Scott Skiles, Milwaukee; Erik Spoelstra, Miami
- Last year: Gregg Popovich 59.3%



Phil Johnson
Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
1. Phil Johnson, Utah 23.1%
2. Tyrone Corbin, Utah 15.4%
3. Ron Adams, Chicago 11.5%
3. Mike Budenholzer, San Antonio 11.5%
3. Dwane Casey, Dallas 11.5%
6. Lawrence Frank, Boston 7.7%
6. Tim Grgurich 7.7%
Also receiving votes:
David Fizdale, Miami; Elston Turner, Houston; Randy Wittman, Washington
- Last year: Tom Thibodeau 38.0%



Derek Fisher
Which active player will make the best head coach someday?
1. Derek Fisher, L.A. Lakers 29.6%
2. Chauncey Billups, Denver 14.8%
2. Steve Nash, Phoenix 14.8%
4. Shane Battier, Houston 11.1%
5. Jason Kidd, Dallas 7.4%
Also receiving votes:
Ray Allen, Boston; Jared Dudley, Phoenix; Grant Hill, Phoenix; Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Miami; Mike Miller, Miami; Jameer Nelson, Orlando
- Last year: Derek Fisher 28.0%


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