Click here to Skip to main content
LATEST HEADLINES - NBA NEWS

2009-10 GM Survey Results: Defense


Posted Oct 14 2009 1:08PM

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.


Dwight Howard
Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 46.4%
2. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 17.9%
2. Kevin Garnett, Boston 17.9%
4. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Trevor Ariza, Houston; Shane Battier, Houston; Rajon Rondo, Boston
- Last year: Kevin Garnett 44.4%





Kobe Bryant
Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 34.5%
2. Shane Battier, Houston 24.1%
3. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 20.7%
4. Rajon Rondo, Boston 6.9%
Also receiving votes:
Trevor Ariza, Houston; Dahntay Jones, Indiana; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee; John Salmons, Chicago
- Last year: Bruce Bowen 44.4%





Dwight Howard
Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 64.3%
2. Kevin Garnett, Boston 32.1%
3. Yao Ming, Houston 3.6%
- Last year: Kevin Garnett 40.7%





Kobe Bryant
Who is the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 25.0%
1. Rajon Rondo, Boston 25.0%
3. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 17.9%
4. Shane Battier, Houston 10.7%
4. Chris Paul, New Orleans 10.7%
6. Raja Bell, Charlotte 7.1%
7. John Salmons, Chicago 3.6%
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 26.9%





Chris Paul
Which player best defends the passing lanes in the NBA?
1. Chris Paul, New Orleans 25.0%
2. Trevor Ariza, Houston 21.4%
3. Dwyane Wade, Miami 14.3%
4. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 10.7%
5. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 7.1%
5. LeBron James, Cleveland 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Mario Chalmers, Miami; Allen Iverson, Memphis; Kevin Martin, Sacramento; Rajon Rondo, Boston
- Last year: Allen Iverson 26.9%





Boston Celtics
Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?
1. Boston 60.7%
2. San Antonio 32.1%
3. L.A. Lakers 7.1%
- Last year: NA

SEARCH NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
photoCaldwell Jones Dies At 64
The NBA TV family mourns the loss of former NBA player Caldwell Jones who died at the age of 64. He played three ABA seasons and then 14 in the NBA with the 76ers, Rockets, Bulls, Trail Blazers and Spurs.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: San Fran Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in San Fran's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: Sacramento Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in Sacramento's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: Philly Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in Philly's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: L.A. Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in L.A.'s 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.