NBA General Managers make their picks for 2005-06
GM Survey: Rookies, Defense, International

Oct. 27 -- 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
Andrew Bogut
Who will win the 2005-06 Rookie of the Year?
Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee
40.0%
Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City
36.0%
12.0%
Others receiving votes: Rashad McCants, Minnesota, Nate Robinson, New York, Hakim Warrick, Memphis


Heat
Marvin Williams
Which rookie will be the best player in five years?
37.5%
Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee
16.7%
Gerald Green, Boston
12.5%
Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City
8.3%
Others receiving votes: Monta Ellis, Golden State, Raymond Felton, Charlotte, Channing Frye, New York, Danny Granger, Indiana, Rashad McCants, Minnesota, Martell Webster, Portland


Heat
Andrew Bogut
Which international rookie is most ready to contribute this season?
Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee
31.6%
31.6%
Arvydas Macijauskas, New Orleans/Oklahoma City
15.8%
Others receiving votes: Martynas Andriuskevicius, Cleveland, Jose Calderon, Toronto, Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee, Fabricio Oberto, San Antonio


Heat
Nate Robinson
Which rookie is most likely to be a “sleeper” success?
Nate Robinson, New York
22.9%
14.6%
Francisco Garcia, Sacramento
12.5%
Danny Granger, Indiana
12.5%
Others receiving votes: Brandon Bass, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Travis Diener, Orlando, Joey Graham, Toronto, Jarrett Jack, Portland, David Lee, New York, Sean May, Charlotte, Hakim Warrick, Memphis, Martell Webster, Portland


Heat
Ben Wallace
Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
Ben Wallace, Detroit
32.0%
Ron Artest, Indiana
20.0%
Bruce Bowen, San Antonio
16.0%
Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Tim Duncan, San Antonio, Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, Tayshaun Prince, Detroit


Heat
Bruce Bowen
Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
Bruce Bowen, San Antonio
46.2%
Ron Artest, Indiana
26.9%
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
11.5%
Others receiving votes: Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, Ruben Patterson, Portland, Tayshaun Prince, Detroit, Earl Watson, Denver


Heat
Ben Wallace
Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
Ben Wallace, Detroit
57.7%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
23.1%
Others receiving votes: Dale Davis, Detroit, Jeff Foster, Indiana, Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, Joel Przybilla, Portland, Theo Ratliff, Portland


Heat
Dirk Nowitzki
Who is the best international player in the NBA?
76.9%
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
15.4%
Others receiving votes: Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento


Heat
Mickael Pietrus
Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2005-06?
Mickael Pietrus, Golden State
20.8%
Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia
8.3%
Nenad Krstic, New Jersey
8.3%
Darko Milicic, Detroit
8.3%
Others receiving votes: Primoz Brezec, Charlotte, Jose Calderon, Toronto, Boris Diaw, Phoenix, Pau Gasol, Memphis, Gordan Giricek, Utah, Mario Kasun, Orlando, Arvydas Macijauskas, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Nene, Denver, Andres Nocioni, Chicago, Fabricio Oberto, San Antonio, Mehmet Okur, Utah, Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento


Heat
Luis Scola
Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?
Luis Scola
27.3%
Fran Vazquez
27.3%
Dejan Bodiroga
18.2%
Others receiving votes: Jorge Garbajosa, Mackael Gelabale, Juan Carlos Navarro, Tiago Splitter


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


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