NBA GMs Name Nets 'Most Improved'
Monday afternoon, NBA.com released the results of their 11th annual GM survey, in which the league's 30 general managers chime in with responses to 57 different questions about the upcoming season. With a new arena opening and an overhauled roster, the Brooklyn Nets earned recognition in several categories, notably an overwhelming selection as the league's "Most Improved" team and 13.3% of the vote as Atlantic Division winner. Here's the breakdown:
Which team will be most improved in 2012-13?
1. Brooklyn -- 62.1%
2. L.A. Lakers, Minnesota -- 10.3%
4. New Orleans -- 6.9%
Also receiving votes: Denver, Golden State, Milwaukee
Last year: L.A. Clippers -- 66.7%
The team also finished second to the Lakers in "Best Offseason Moves" (LAL: 86.2%; BKN: 6.9%). Individually, Deron Williams tied Rajon Rondo for third-best passer (6.9%), while Joe Johnson's acquisition tied with Ray Allen going to the Heat for fourth-most "Surprising." Reggie Evans ranked among the the five rebounders tied for third-"toughest" on the boards and Mirza Teletovic among the five international players who tied for third when it came to potential for a breakout season. Evans and Kris Humphries earned votes for "Best Offensive Rebounder."