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Kia Tip-Off Fans' 2010-11 Season Prediction Survey Results


Posted Oct 27 2010 11:25AM

This was perhaps the most widely followed offseason in NBA history, one that reshuffled the league's landscape and set up an exciting season to come. As training camps opened, our 30 teams' busy general managers found time to fill out NBA.com's ninth annual GM Survey with their predictions for this season, including who they feel will win The Finals, the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, and the T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year.

This season, fans completed the same study with their season predictions. The following are fans' opinions.

Fans voted online via NBA.com or NBA All-Access on October 21-October 26, 2010.

A. PREDICTIONS

Which team will win The 2011 Finals?

1. L.A. Lakers -- 44%

2. Miami -- 22%

3. Boston -- 16%

4. Orlando -- 5%

GM's top picks: L.A. Lakers -- 63%, Miami -- 33%

Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

1. Miami -- 46%

2. Boston -- 33%

3. Orlando -- 15%

GM's top picks: Miami -- 70%, Boston -- 19%

Which team will win the Western Conference?

1. L.A. Lakers -- 76%

2. Oklahoma City -- 9%

GM's top pick: L.A. Lakers -- 96%

B. PLAYERS

Who will win the 2010-11 Kia NBA MVP?

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City -- 48%

2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 17%

3. LeBron James, Miami -- 13%

GM's top picks: Kevin Durant -- 67%, Kobe Bryant -- 26%

If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City -- 32%

2. LeBron James, Miami -- 22%

3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 15%

4. Dwight Howard, Orlando -- 6%

5. Dwyane Wade, Miami -- 4%

GM's top picks: Kevin Durant -- 56%, LeBron James -- 26%, Kobe Bryant -- 7%, Dwight Howard -- 7%

C. OFFSEASON MOVES

Which team will be most improved in 2010-11?

1. Miami -- 28%

2. New York -- 10%

3. L.A. Clippers -- 9%

4. New Jersey -- 8%

GM's top picks: Miami -- 39%, New York -- 14%, Washington -- 14%

D. ROOKIES

Who will win the 2010-11 T-Mobile Rookie of the Year?

1. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers -- 39%

2. John Wall, Washington -- 38%

3. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento -- 6%

GM's top picks: John Wall -- 68%, Blake Griffin -- 29%

E. DEFENSE

Who will be the 2010-11 Kia Defensive Player of the Year?

1. Dwight Howard, Orlando -- 46%

2. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers -- 13%

T3. Kevin Garnett, Celtics -- 5%

T3. LeBron James, Miami -- 5%

5. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 4%

GM's top pick: Dwight Howard -- 78%

Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?

1. Boston -- 38%

T2. L.A. Lakers -- 15%

T2. Orlando -- 14%

4. Miami -- 10%

GM's top pick: Boston -- 75%

F. COACHES

Who is the best head coach in the NBA?

1. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers -- 54%

2. Doc Rivers, Boston -- 12%

3. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio -- 8%

4. Jerry Sloan, Utah -- 7%

5. Stan Van Gundy, Orlando -- 3%

GM's top picks: Phil Jackson -- 39%, Jerry Sloan -- 25%, Gregg Popovich -- 21%

Which active player will make the best head coach someday?

1. Derek Fisher, L.A. Lakers -- 22%

2. Steve Nash, Phoenix -- 11%

3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 10%

4. Chauncey Billups, Denver -- 7%

5. Jason Kidd, Dallas -- 6%

GM's top picks: Derek Fisher -- 30%, Chauncey Billups -- 15%, Steve Nash -- 15%, Shane Battier -- 11%

G. MISCELLANEOUS

Which team is the most fun to watch?

1. Miami -- 35%

2. L.A. Lakers -- 17%

3. Oklahoma City -- 14%

4. Boston -- 6%

5. Phoenix -- 5%

GM's top picks: Oklahoma City -- 52%, Phoenix -- 23%

Which team has the best home-court advantage?

1. L.A. Lakers -- 29%

T2. Miami -- 14%

T2. Utah -- 14%

4. Boston -- 13%

5. Oklahoma City -- 10%

GM's top picks: Utah -- 46%, L.A. Lakers -- 21%

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 63%

2. Dwyane Wade, Miami -- 5%

T3. Ray Allen, Boston -- 4%

T3. LeBron James, Miami -- 4%

T3. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City -- 4%

GM's top pick: Kobe Bryant -- 79%

H. FAN FAVORITES

Who is your favorite NBA team?

1. L.A. Lakers -- 28%

2. Boston -- 11%

3. Miami -- 10%

4. Chicago -- 5%

5. Orlando -- 4%

T6. New York -- 3%

T6. San Antonio -- 3%

T6. Phoenix -- 3%

T6. Utah -- 3%

T6. Oklahoma City -- 3%

*Note?GMs did not receive this question

Who is your favorite active NBA player?

1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 26%

2. LeBron James, Miami -- 8%

3. Dwyane Wade, Miami -- 7%

4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City -- 5%

5. Steve Nash, Phoenix -- 4%

T6. Rajon Rondo, Boston -- 3%

T6. Derrick Rose, Chicago -- 3%

T6. Dwight Howard, Orlando -- 3%

T6. Kevin Garnett, Boston -- 3%

*Note?GMs did not receive this question

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