NBA General Managers make their picks for 2005-06
GM Survey: Best Players

Oct. 26 -- 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
Tim Duncan
Who will win the 2005-06 MVP?
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
58.3%
16.7%
Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, Tracy McGrady, Houston, Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana, Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix, Dwyane Wade, Miami


Heat
Tim Duncan
If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
40.0%
LeBron James, Cleveland
36.0%
8.0%
8.0%
Others receiving votes: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, Dwyane Wade, Miami


Heat
Shaquille O'Neal
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
64.0%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
16.0%
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
8.0%
Others receiving votes: Earl Boykins, Denver, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Garnett, Minnesota


Heat
Dwight Howard
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2005-06?
Dwight Howard, Orlando
45.5%
Travis Outlaw, Portland
9.1%
Others receiving votes: Chris Bosh, Toronto, Primoz Brezec, Charlotte, Tyson Chandler, Chicago, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Golden State, Kirk Hinrich, Chicago, Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, Joe Johnson, Atlanta, Wally Szczerbiak, Minnesota, Sebastian Telfair, Portland, Dwyane Wade, Miami


Heat
Steve Nash
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
Steve Nash, Phoenix
68.0%
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
28.0%
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
4.0%


Heat
Kobe Bryant
Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
56.0%
28.0%
Ray Allen, Seattle
8.0%
Others receiving votes: LeBron James, Cleveland, Tracy McGrady, Houston


Heat
Tracy McGrady
Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
Tracy McGrady, Houston
48.0%
LeBron James, Cleveland
40.0%
Others receiving votes: Ron Artest, Indiana, Shawn Marion, Phoenix, Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas


Heat
Tim Duncan
Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
78.0%
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
12.0%
Others receiving votes: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix


Heat
Shaquille O'Neal
Who is the best center in the NBA?
84.0%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
16.0%


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