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2009-10 GM Survey Results: Coaches


Posted Oct 14 2009 1:09PM

It was a busy offseason for the league's General Managers, but before they sat back and watched their players and coaches go to work, NBA.com asked the GMs to fill out our eighth annual GM Survey.

Can the Lakers repeat for the seventh time in their history, will the Celtics capture banner No. 18, or will Shaq help the King get his ring? Will LeBron James earn another MVP award, and if you were putting together an NBA franchise, is he 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. The NBA.com GM Survey was compiled by John Schuhmann


Phil Jackson
Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
1. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 37.0%
2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 33.3%
3. Jerry Sloan, Utah 18.5%
Also receiving votes:
Rick Adelman, Houston; Larry Brown, Charlotte; Stan Van Gundy, Orlando
- Last year: Gregg Popovich 53.8%





Phil Jackson
Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?
1. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 48.1%
2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 29.6%
3. Doc Rivers, Boston 14.8%
Also receiving votes:
Rick Adelman, Houston; Nate McMillan, Portland
- Last year: Phil Jackson 44.0%





Larry Brown
Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?
1. Larry Brown, Charlotte 34.6%
2. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 23.1%
2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 23.1%
Also receiving votes:
Don Nelson, Golden State; Doc Rivers, Boston; Jerry Sloan, Utah; Erik Spoelstra, Miami; Stan Van Gundy, Orlando
- Last year: Gregg Popovich 28.0%





Gregg Popovich
Which head coach is the best in the last two minutes of a close game?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 37.0%
2. Larry Brown, Charlotte 22.2%
3. Stan Van Gundy, Orlando 11.1%
4. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 7.4%
4. Scott Skiles, Milwaukee 7.4%
4. Jerry Sloan, Utah 7.4%
Also receiving votes:
George Karl, Denver; Doc Rivers, Boston
- Last year: Gregg Popovich 45.8%





Phil Jackson
Which head coach runs the best offense?
1. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 26.9%
2. Mike D'Antoni, New York 23.1%
3. Stan Van Gundy, Orlando 15.4%
4. Jerry Sloan, Utah 11.5%
5. Don Nelson, Golden State 7.7%
Also receiving votes:
Rick Adelman, Houston; Larry Brown, Charlotte; George Karl, Denver; Flip Saunders, Washington
- Last year: Mike D'Antoni 53.8%





Phil Jackson
Which head coach has the best defensive schemes?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 59.3%
2. Doc Rivers, Boston 18.5%
3. Larry Brown, Charlotte 7.4%
Also receiving votes:
Mike Brown, Cleveland; Scott Skiles, Milwaukee; Jerry Sloan, Utah; Stan Van Gundy, Orlando
- Last year: Gregg Popovich 50.0%





Tom Thibodeau
Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
1. Tom Thibodeau, Boston 38.0%
2. Phil Johnson, Utah 12.0%
3. Mike Budenholzer, San Antonio 8.0%
Also receiving votes:
Ron Adams, Oklahoma City; Dwane Casey, Dallas; Maurice Cheeks, Oklahoma City; Tyrone Corbin, Utah; Jim Eyen, Sacramento; Tim Grgurich, Denver; Frank Hamblen, L.A. Lakers; Brian Hill, Detroit; Brian Shaw, L.A. Lakers; Terry Stotts, Dallas; Randy Wittman, Washington
- Last year: Tom Thibodeau 41.7%





Derek Fisher
Which active player will make the best head coach someday?
1. Derek Fisher, L.A. Lakers 28.0%
2. Lindsey Hunter, Chicago 20.0%
3. Chauncey Billups, Denver 12.0%
4. Ray Allen, Boston 8.0%
4. Shane Battier, Houston 8.0%
Also receiving votes:
Grant Hill, Phoenix; Jason Kidd, Dallas; Steve Nash, Phoenix; Kevin Ollie, Oklahoma City; Chris Paul, New Orleans; Dwyane Wade, Miami
- Last year: Eric Snow 24.0%


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