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2010-11 GM Survey Results: Defense


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.


Dwight Howard
Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 77.8%
2. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 7.4%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 7.4%
Also receiving votes:
Shane Battier, Houston; Kevin Garnett, Boston
- Last year: Dwight Howard 46.4%



Kobe Bryant
Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 35.7%
2. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 21.4%
3. Rajon Rondo, Boston 17.9%
4. Shane Battier, Houston 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Tony Allen, Memphis; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia; Mickael Pietrus, Orlando; Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 34.5%



Dwight Howard
Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 92.6%
Also receiving votes:
Kevin Garnett, Boston; Kendrick Perkins, Boston
- Last year: Dwight Howard 64.3%



Rajon Rondo
Who is the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA?
1. Rajon Rondo, Boston 32.1%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 17.9%
3. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 14.3%
3. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 14.3%
5. Tony Allen, Memphis 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Kirk Hinrich, Washington; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia; Mickael Pietrus, Orlando; Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 25.0%



Rajon Rondo
Which player best defends the passing lanes in the NBA?
1. Rajon Rondo, Boston 32.1%
2. Dwyane Wade, Miami 14.3%
3. Trevor Ariza, New Orleans 10.7%
3. LeBron James, Miami 10.7%
3. Chris Paul, New Orleans 10.7%
Also receiving votes:
Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers; Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers; Grant Hill, Phoenix; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia; Josh Smith, Atlanta; Gerald Wallace, Charlotte
- Last year: Chris Paul 25.0%



Boston Celtics
Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?
1. Boston 75.0%
2. L.A. Lakers 10.7%
3. Orlando 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Charlotte, Milwaukee
- Last year: Boston 60.7%

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