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2009-10 GM Survey Results: Offseason Moves

Posted Oct 14 2009 1:10PM

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.

Richard Jefferson
Which team made the best overall moves?
1. San Antonio 71.2%
2. Orlando 17.3%
Also receiving votes:
Cleveland, Toronto, Washington
- Last year: Philadelphia 51.9%

Vince Carter
Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?
1. Vince Carter, Orlando 25.0%
2. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 14.3%
2. Richard Jefferson, San Antonio 14.3%
2. Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland 14.3%
2. Rasheed Wallace, Boston 14.3%
6. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Randy Foye & Mike Miller, Washington; Shawn Marion, Dallas; Emeka Okafor, New Orleans
- Last year: Elton Brand 66.7%

Anthony Parker
What was the most underrated player acquisition?
1. Anthony Parker, Cleveland 14.3%
2. Antonio McDyess, San Antonio 10.7%
2. Rasheed Wallace, Boston 10.7%
4. Trevor Ariza, Houston 7.1%
4. Brandon Bass, Orlando 7.1%
4. Shawn Marion, Dallas 7.1%
4. Andre Miller, Portland 7.1%
4. Mike Miller, Washington 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Ryan Anderson, Orlando; Vince Carter, Orlando; Jamal Crawford, Atlanta; Marquis Daniels, Boston; Ben Gordon, Detroit; Richard Jefferson, San Antonio; Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers; Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland
- Last year: James Posey 22.2%

Gilbert Arenas
Which team will be most improved in 2009-10?
1. Washington 48.3%
2. L.A. Clippers 17.2%
3. Oklahoma City 13.8%
4. Toronto 6.9%
Also receiving votes:
Boston, Memphis, Minnesota, San Antonio
- Last year: Miami, Portland 25.9%

Ron Artest
What was the most surprising move of the offseason?
1. Ron Artest signing with the Lakers 19.2%
2. Vince Carter traded to Orlando 15.4%
2. Allen Iverson signing with Memphis 15.4%
2. Shaquille O'Neal traded to Cleveland 15.4%
5. Orlando matching Martin Gorcat offer sheet 7.7%
5. Richard Jefferson traded to San Antonio 7.7%
5. Zach Randolph traded to Memphis 7.7%
Also receiving votes:
Minnesota drafting both Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn; Ramon Sessions signing with Minnesota; Hedo Turkoglu sign-and-trade to Toronto
- Last year: Elton Brand signing with Philadelphia 30.0%

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