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2009-10 GM Survey Results: Rookies/International Predictions

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, 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 GM Survey was compiled by John Schuhmann.

Blake Griffin
Who will win the Rookie of the Year?
1. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 79.3%
2. Jonny Flynn, Minnesota 10.3%
3. Tyreke Evans, Sacramento 6.9%
4. Stephen Curry, Golden State 3.4%
- Last year: Michael Beasley 48.1%

Blake Griffin
Which rookie will be the best player in five years?
1. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 65.5%
2. Tyreke Evans, Sacramento 10.3%
2. James Harden, Oklahoma City 10.3%
4. Stephen Curry, Golden State 6.9%
Also receiving votes:
Jonny Flynn, Minnesota; Ricky Rubio, Minnesota
- Last year: Greg Oden 30.8%

Blake Griffin
Which rookie is the most athletic?
1. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 42.9%
2. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto 32.1%
3. Terrence Williams, New Jersey 10.7%
4. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
DeMarre Carroll, Memphis; Jonny Flynn, Minnesota
- Last year: Derrick Rose 33.3%

James Harden
Which rookie is most likely to be a "sleeper" success?
1. James Harden, Oklahoma City 11.1%
1. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee 11.1%
1. Ty Lawson, Denver 11.1%
4. Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas 7.4%
4. DeJuan Blair, San Antonio 7.4%
4. Austin Daye, Detroit 7.4%
4. Jodie Meeks, Milwaukee 7.4%
4. Terrence Williams, New Jersey 7.4%
Also receiving votes:
Also receiving votes: Earl Clark, Phoenix; Darren Collison, New Orleans; Stephen Curry, Golden State; Jonny Flynn, Minnesota; Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia
- Last year: J.J. Hickson 20.0%

Dirk Nowitzki
Who is the best international player in the NBA?
1. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 64.3%
2. Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers 10.7%
3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 7.1%
3. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 7.1%
3. Steve Nash, Phoenix 7.1%
6. Tony Parker, San Antonio 3.6%
- Last year: Dirk Nowitzki 66.7%

Rudy Fernandez
Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2009-10?
1. Rudy Fernandez, Portland 22.2%
2. Danilo Gallinari, New York 14.8%
3. Andrea Bargnani, Toronto 11.1%
3. Marco Belinelli, Toronto 11.1%
Also receiving votes:
Also receiving votes: Nicolas Batum, Portland; Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas; Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee; Jose Calderon, Toronto; Francisco Garcia, Sacramento; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee; Andrei Kirilenko, Utah; Luis Scola, Houston; Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City; Anderson Varejao, Cleveland
- Last year: Rudy Fernandez 32.0%

Rudy Fernandez
Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?
1. Ricky Rubio 50.0%
2. Juan Carlos Navarro 15.4%
2. Tiago Splitter 15.4%
4. Dimitrios Diamantidis 11.5%
Also receiving votes:
Jorge Garbajosa, Linas Kleiza
- Last year: Ricky Rubio 57.7%

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