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2009-10 GM Survey Results: Player Predictions

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, 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.

LeBron James
Who will win the 2009-10 MVP?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 69.0%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 17.2%
3. Dwight Howard, Orlando 6.9%
Also receiving votes:
Tim Duncan, San Antonio; Dwyane Wade, Miami
- Last year: LeBron James 55.6%

LeBron James
If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 78.6%
2. Dwight Howard, Orlando 14.3%
3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 7.1%
- Last year: LeBron James 66.7%

LeBron James
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 39.3%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 23.2%
3. Dwight Howard, Orlando 14.3%
4. Chris Paul, New Orleans 12.5%
Also receiving votes:
Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers; Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland; Dwyane Wade, Miami
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 63.0%

Kevin Durant
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2009-10?
1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 25.9%
2. Anthony Randolph, Golden State 14.8%
3. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 7.4%
3. Louis Williams, Philadelphia 7.4%
Also receiving votes:
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland; Gilbert Arenas, Washington; Aaron Brooks, Houston; Jonny Flynn, Minnesota; Rudy Gay, Memphis; Greg Oden, Portland; Brandon Roy, Portland; Ramon Sessions, Minnesota; J.R. Smith, Denver; Rodney Stuckey, Detroit; Hakim Warrick, Milwaukee; Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia
- Last year: Andrew Bynum 18.5%

Chris Paul
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
1. Chris Paul, New Orleans 77.8%
2. Deron Williams, Utah 14.8%
3. Steve Nash, Phoenix 7.4%
- Last year: Chris Paul 88.9%

Kobe Bryant
Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 89.7%
Also receiving votes:
Ray Allen, Boston; Brandon Roy, Portland; Dwyane Wade, Miami
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 92.6%

Chris Paul
Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 96.6%
2. Carmelo Anthony, Denver 3.4%
- Last year: LeBron James 92.6%

Tim Duncan
Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 58.6%
2. Kevin Garnett, Boston 20.7%
3. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 10.3%
Also receiving votes:
Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers; Dwight Howard, Orlando; Amare'e Stoudemire, Phoenix
- Last year: Tim Duncan 51.9%

Dwight Howard
Who is the best center in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 82.1%
2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 17.9%
- Last year: Dwight Howard 55.6%

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