NBA General Managers cast their unofficial votes
GM Survey: 2006-07 Coach of the Year

Prior to the start of the 2006-07 season, NBA.com conducted its fifth annual survey of NBA General Managers, gathering predictions for the coming year.

Now, we’re re-visiting the survey, asking GMs, with the season now complete, who they think are the best in the game in regard to the six season ending awards, as well as the GMs' picks for Executive of the Year. We asked each GM to rank their top three in each category. We, then, awarded five points for a first-place vote, three for a second and one for a third to arrive at our totals.

Of the GM's who responded to our survey, here's who the guys that call the shots think should receive the hardware.


Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
13
4
5
82
No coach has ever won back-to-back Coach of the Year honors, but Johnson is in the running after guiding Dallas to a league-high 67 wins.


SAM MITCHELL, Toronto
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
8
7
7
68
Mitchell steered the Raptors to their first ever Atlantic Division title and a franchise-high-tying 47 wins.


Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
3
8
6
45
Sloan, who's coached the Jazz for 19 seasons, is the longest tenured head coach with a single team in any of the four major sports yet still seeks his first NBA Coach of the Year award.


Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
1
3
3
17
Van Gundy posted his highest single-season win total since his New York Knicks team won 57 games a decade earlier (1996-97).


MIKE D'ANTONI, Phoenix
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
0
2
0
6
D'Antoni, the 2004-05 Coach of the Year, captured Western Conference Coach of the Month honors in December and January this season.


Others receiving votes: Don Nelson, Golden State; Gregg Popovich, San Antonio; Scott Skiles, Chicago



NBA.com Awards
Before the 2006-07 season, NBA.com writers, NBA TV personalities, NBA Radio hosts and NBA legends gave our predictions. How'd we do?
Avery Johnson
Jerry Sloan
Avery Johnson
Jeff Van Gundy
Sam Mitchell
Avery Johnson



TNT Insider Awards
Sam Mitchell, Toronto
Charles Barkley
Sam Mitchell
Doug Collins
Sam Mitchell
Steve Kerr
Jerry Sloan
Reggie Miller
Sam Mitchell/Jerry Sloan
Kenny Smith
Avery Johnson
John Thompson
Sam Mitchell



ESPN.com Awards
Sam Mitchell, Toronto
Sam Mitchell received seven of the 16 votes from an ESPN.com panel of experts.


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