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2010-11 GM Survey Results: Rookies & International

Posted Oct 6 2010 10:43AM

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.

John Wall
Who will win the Rookie of the Year?
1. John Wall, Washington 67.9%
2. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 28.6%
3. Wesley Johnson, Minnesota 3.6%
- Last year: Blake Griffin 79.3%

John Wall
Which rookie will be the best player in five years?
1. John Wall, Washington 67.9%
2. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento 10.7%
2. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 10.7%
4. Derrick Favors, New Jersey 7.1%
5. Evan Turner, Philadelphia 3.6%
- Last year: Blake Griffin 65.5%

John Wall
Which rookie is the most athletic?
1. John Wall, Washington 64.3%
2. Wesley Johnson, Minnesota 17.9%
3. Derrick Favors, New Jersey 10.7%
Also receiving votes:
Paul George, Indiana; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
- Last year: Blake Griffin 42.9%

Luke Harangody
Which rookie is most likely to be a "sleeper" success?
1. Luke Harangody, Boston 11.1%
1. Patrick Patterson, Houston 11.1%
3. Derrick Favors, New Jersey 7.4%
3. Paul George, Indiana 7.4%
3. Damion James, New Jersey 7.4%
3. Greg Monroe, Detroit 7.4%
Also receiving votes:
Trevor Booker, Washington; Craig Brackins, Philadelphia; DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento; Jordan Crawford, Atlanta; Ed Davis, Toronto; Devin Ebanks, L.A. Lakers; Landry Fields, New York; Gordon Hayward, Utah; Lazar Hayward, Minnesota; Xavier Henry, Memphis; Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota; Larry Sanders, Milwaukee; Ekpe Udoh, Golden State
- Last year: James Harden, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson 11.1%

Dirk Nowitzki
Who is the best international player in the NBA?
1. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 57.1%
2. Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers 32.1%
3. Steve Nash, Phoenix 7.1%
4. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 3.6%
- Last year: Dirk Nowitzki 64.3%

Rodrigue Beaubois
Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2009-10?
1. Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas 21.4%
2. Nicolas Batum, Portland 10.7%
2. Omri Casspi, Sacramento 10.7%
2. Tiago Splitter, San Antonio 10.7%
5. Marc Gasol, Memphis 7.1%
5. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 7.1%
5. Jonas Jerebko, Detroit 7.1%
5. Linas Kleiza, Toronto 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto; Goran Dragic, Phoenix; Rudy Fernandez, Portland; Danilo Gallinari, New York; Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee
- Last year: Rudy Fernandez 22.2%

Ricky Rubio
Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?
1. Ricky Rubio 42.3%
2. Juan Carlos Navarro 19.2%
2. Jan Vesely 19.2%
4. Milos Teodosic 7.7%
Also receiving votes:
Dimitris Diamantidis, Sergio Llull, Milenko Tepic
- Last year: Ricky Rubio 50.0%

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