NBA General Managers make their picks for 2005-06
GM Survey: Fun To Watch, Skills

Oct. 31 -- 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
Phoenix Suns
Which team will be the most fun to watch?
Phoenix Suns
59.6%
Miami Heat
11.5%
Dallas Mavericks
7.7%
Golden State Warriors
7.7%
Others receiving votes: Charlotte, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio


Heat
Sacramento Kings
Which team has the best home-court advantage?
Sacramento Kings
46.2%
San Antonio Spurs
19.2%
Denver Nuggets
17.3%
Others receiving votes: Detroit, Miami, New York, Utah


Heat
LeBron James
Which player is the most athletic?
LeBron James, Cleveland
23.1%
23.1%
Tracy McGrady, Houston
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Vince Carter, New Jersey, Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, Shawn Marion, Phoenix, Darius Miles, Portland, Nate Robinson, New York, Josh Smith, Atlanta, Stromile Swift, Houston, Dwyane Wade, Miami, Gerald Wallace, Charlotte


Heat
Ray Allen
Which player is the best pure shooter?
Ray Allen, Seattle
57.7%
Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
26.9%
Others receiving votes: Fred Hoiberg; Allan Houston, Kyle Korver, Philadelphia, Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas


Heat
Allen Iverson
Which player is the fastest with the ball?
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
34.6%
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
19.2%
T.J. Ford, Milwaukee
15.4%
Tony Parker, San Antonio
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Gilbert Arenas, Washington, LeBron James, Cleveland, Stephon Marbury, New York, Sebastian Telfair, Portland


Heat
Richard Hamilton
Which player is best at moving without the ball?
73.1%
Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
15.4%
Others receiving votes: Ray Allen, Seattle; Fred Hoiberg; Arvydas Macijauskas, New Orleans/Oklahoma City


Heat
Kobe Bryant
Which player is the best at getting his own shot?
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
61.5%
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
19.2%
Tracy McGrady, Houston
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Baron Davis, Golden State, Paul Pierce, Boston


Heat
Ben Wallace
Which player is the best offensive rebounder?
Ben Wallace, Detroit
28.0%
16.0%
Reggie Evans, Seattle
12.0%
Others receiving votes: Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers, Tyson Chandler, Chicago, Danny Fortson, Seattle, Jeff Foster, Indiana, Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee, Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, Al Jefferson, Boston, Shawn Marion, Phoenix, Emeka Okafor, Charlotte


Heat
Jason Kidd
Which player is the best passer?
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
51.9%
Steve Nash, Phoenix
36.5%
Others receiving votes: LeBron James, Cleveland, Shaun Livingston, Los Angeles Clippers, Jamaal Tinsley, Indiana


Heat
Jason Kidd
Which player is the best in the open court?
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
32.0%
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
18.0%
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
16.0%
LeBron James, Cleveland
12.0%
Others receiving votes: Gilbert Arenas, Washington, Steve Francis, Orlando, Tracy McGrady, Houston, Steve Nash, Phoenix


Heat
Amare Stoudemire
Who is the best finisher?
38.5%
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
23.1%
Others receiving votes: Ron Artest, Indiana, Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, LeBron James, Cleveland, Tracy McGrady, Houston, Steve Nash, Phoenix, Shaquille O'Neal, Miami, Dwyane Wade, Miami


Heat
Brad Miller
Which player does the most with least?
Brad Miller, Sacramento
21.7%
Ben Wallace, Detroit
13.0%
10.9%
Others receiving votes: Bruce Bowen, San Antonio, Ryan Bowen, Houston, Earl Boykins, Denver, Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers, Reggie Evans, Seattle, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, Kyle Korver, Philadelphia, Mark Madsen, Minnesota, Andre Miller, Denver, Steve Nash, Phoenix, Paul Pierce, Boston


Heat
Ben Wallace
Who is the toughest player in the NBA?
Ben Wallace, Detroit
42.3%
Ron Artest, Indiana
26.9%
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Matt Harpring, Utah, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, Shaquille O'Neal, Miami, Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix


Heat
Steve Nash
Which player is the best leader?
Steve Nash, Phoenix
36.5%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
25.0%
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
15.4%
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Mike Bibby, Sacramento, Grant Hill, Orlando, Shaquille O'Neal, Miami


Heat
Kobe Bryant
Which player in the NBA would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
61.5%
Ray Allen, Seattle
15.4%
Others receiving votes: Chauncey Billups, Detroit, Sam Cassell, Los Angeles Clippers, Tim Duncan, San Antonio, Robert Horry, San Antonio, Paul Pierce, Boston


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