NBA General Managers make their picks for 2006-07
GM Survey: Best Players

Can the Heat repeat as NBA champions? Who will be named this year's MVP? Rookie of the Year? Most improved team?

NBA.com posed these questions and more to the league's general managers, and nearly all of the GM's responded to our survey.* Here's what the guys who call the shots think will transpire this season.


Heat
LeBron James
Who will win the 2006-07 MVP?
LeBron James, Cleveland
39.3%
28.6%
17.9%
Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, Tim Duncan, San Antonio, Kevin Garnett, Minnesota


Heat
LeBron James
If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
LeBron James, Cleveland
71.4%
10.7%
Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, Tim Duncan, San Antonio, Dwight Howard, Orlando


Heat
Shaquille O'Neal
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
42.9%
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
21.4%
LeBron James, Cleveland
10.7%
10.7%
Others receiving votes: Tim Duncan, San Antonio, Steve Nash, Phoenix, Dwyane Wade, Miami


Heat
Dwight Howard
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2006-07?
Dwight Howard, Orlando
32.1%
Eddy Curry, New York
7.1%
Kevin Martin, Sacramento
7.1%
7.1%
Others receiving votes: Baron Davis, Golden State, Danny Granger, Indiana, Devin Harris, Dallas, Josh Howard, Dallas, Joe Johnson, Phoenix, Nenad Krstic, New Jersey, Jameer Nelson, Orlando, Emeka Okafor, Charlotte, Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Mickael Pietrus, Golden State, Josh Smith, Atlanta, Gerald Wallace, Charlotte, Hakim Warrick, Memphis


Heat
Steve Nash
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
Steve Nash, Phoenix
96.4%
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
3.6%


Heat
Kobe Bryant
Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
71.4%
Dwyane Wade, Miami
21.4%
Tracy McGrady, Houston
3.6%
Michael Redd, Milwaukee
3.6%


Heat
LeBron James
Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
LeBron James, Cleveland
78.6%
7.1%
Others receiving votes: Ron Artest, Sacramento, Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, Shawn Marion, Phoenix


Heat
Tim Duncan
Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
57.1%
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
25.0%
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
14.3%
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix
3.6%


Heat
Shaquille O'Neal
Who is the best center in the NBA?
75.0%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
17.9%
Others receiving votes: Dwight Howard, Orlando, Yao Ming, Houston


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