NBA General Managers make their picks for 2005-06
GM Survey: Top Coaches

Oct. 28 -- In 2005-06, who will be the MVP? Rookie of the Year? Most improved team? And who's going to win it all?

NBA.com posed these questions and more to the league's general managers, and a high majority of the GM's responded to our survey.* Here's what the guys who call the shots think about the new season.


Heat
Larry Brown
Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
Larry Brown, New York
33.3%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
25.0%
Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
12.5%
12.5%
Others receiving votes: Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte, Rick Carlisle, Indiana, Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix, Scott Skiles, Chicago


Heat
Phil Jackson
Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?
Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
33.3%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
33.3%
Others receiving votes: Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte, Larry Brown, New York, Rick Carlisle, Indiana, Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix, Nate McMillan, Portland, Doc Rivers, Boston, Flip Saunders, Detroit, Jerry Sloan, Utah


Heat
Larry Brown
Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?
Larry Brown, New York
54.2%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
20.8%
Others receiving votes: Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte, Rick Carlisle, Indiana, Lawrence Frank, New Jersey, Flip Saunders, Detroit, Jeff Van Gundy, Houston


Heat
Larry Brown
Which head coach is the best in the last two minutes of a close game?
Larry Brown, New York
45.8%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
8.3%
Scott Skiles, Chicago
8.3%
8.3%
Others receiving votes: Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte, Rick Carlisle, Indiana, Mike Fratello, Memphis, George Karl, Denver, Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers, Flip Saunders, Detroit, Jeff Van Gundy, Houston


Heat
Del Harris
Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
Del Harris, Dallas
20.8%
16.7%
P.J. Carlesimo, San Antonio
12.5%
Pete Carril, Sacramento
8.3%
Others receiving votes: Bill Bertka; Mario Elie, Golden State; Marc Iavaroni, Phoenix; Jim Lynam, Philadelphia; Doug Moe, Denver; Eric Musselman, Memphis; Kevin O'Neill, Indiana; Tom Thibodeau, Houston; Herb Williams, New York


Heat
Steve Nash
Which active player will make the best head coach someday?
Steve Nash, Phoenix
29.2%
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
16.7%
Eric Snow, Cleveland
8.3%
Others receiving votes: Brent Barry, San Antonio, Chauncey Billups, Detroit, Derek Fisher, Golden State, Kirk Hinrich, Chicago, Fred Hoiberg, Grant Hill, Orlando, Brevin Knight, Charlotte, Aaron McKie, Los Angeles Lakers, Andre Miller, Denver, Kurt Thomas, Phoenix


Heat
Larry Brown
If you had one game to win, which current coach would you want coaching that game?
Larry Brown, New York
40.0%
Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
16.0%
16.0%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
12.0%
Others receiving votes: Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte, Rick Carlisle, Indiana, Mike Fratello, Memphis, Scott Skiles, Chicago


RESULTS & SCHEDULE
Oct. 26: Best players
Oct. 28: Top coaches
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PAST RESULTS


(* - Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to the survey, rather than all 30 general managers.)