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2010-11 GM Survey Results: Player Predictions

Posted Oct 2 2010 9:48PM

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'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.

Kevin Durant
Who will win the 2010-11 Kia MVP Award?
1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 66.7%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 25.9%
Also receiving votes:
Dwight Howard, Orlando; LeBron James, Miami
- Last year: LeBron James 69.0%

Kevin Durant
If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 55.6%
2. LeBron James, Miami 25.9%
3. Kobe Bryant, Lakers; Dwight Howard, Magic 7.4%
5. Dwyane Wade, Miami 3.7%
- Last year: LeBron James 78.6%

Kobe Bryant
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 35.7%
2. LeBron James, Miami 28.6%
3. Dwight Howard, Orlando 17.9%
4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 10.7%
Also receiving votes:
Chris Paul, New Orleans; Dwyane Wade, Miami
- Last year: LeBron James 39.3%

Blake Griffin
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2010-11?
1. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers;
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
3. Derrick Rose, Chicago 11.1%
4. Darren Collison, Indiana; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia;
JaVale McGee, Washington
Also receiving votes:
Marcus Aldridge, Portland; Michael Beasley, Minnesota; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto; Tyreke Evans, Sacramento; Eric Gordon, L.A. Clippers; J.J. Hickson, Cleveland; Kirk Hinrich, Washington; Joakim Noah, Chicago; Anthony Randolph, New York; Marcus Thornton, New Orleans
- Last year: Kevin Durant 25.9%

Deron Williams
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
1. Deron Williams, Utah 50.0%
2. Chris Paul, New Orleans 35.7%
3. Steve Nash, Phoenix 10.7%
4. Chauncey Billups, Denver 3.6%
- Last year: Chris Paul 77.8%

Kobe Bryant
Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 85.7%
2. Dwyane Wade, Miami 10.7%
3. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 3.6%
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 89.7%

LeBron James
Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
1. LeBron James, Miami 67.9%
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 28.6%
3. Carmelo Anthony, Denver 3.6%
- Last year: LeBron James 96.6%

Pau Gasol
Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
1. Paul Gasol, L.A. Lakers; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 28.6%
3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 21.4%
4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City;
Amar'e Stoudemire, New York
Also receiving votes:
Chris Bosh, Miami; Kevin Garnett, Boston
- Last year: Tim Duncan 58.6%

Dwight Howard
Who is the best center in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 96.3%
2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 3.7%
- Last year: Dwight Howard 82.1%

photoLakers vs. Nets
Brook Lopez finishes with 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 107-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
photoNoel Finishes The Break
Nerlens Noel starts the break with a steal, passes to Ish Smith and Smith throws the alley-oop to Noel to finish the break.
photoLaVine Over Asik
Zach LaVine explodes to the rack and bangs over Omer Asik.
photoLopez And Williams Work The Pick And Roll
Brook Lopez sets the pick for Deron Williams and receives the pass rolling to the basket for the two-handed slam.
photoRockets vs. Wizards
John Wall gets 25 points and 12 assists for Washington, but James Harden's 24 points leads the Rockets to the win.

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