NBA General Managers make their picks for 2006-07
GM Survey: Rookies, Defense, International

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
Brandon Roy
Who will win the 2006-07 Rookie of the Year?
Brandon Roy, Portland
44.4%
Adam Morrison, Charlotte
25.9%
Randy Foye, Minnesota
14.8%
Others receiving votes: Andrea Bargnani, Toronto, Shelden Williams, Atlanta


Heat
Andrea Bargnani
Which rookie will be the best player in five years?
22.2%
Tyrus Thomas, Chicago
22.2%
Randy Foye, Minnesota
18.5%
Brandon Roy, Portland
11.1%
Others receiving votes: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, Rudy Gay, Memphis, Adam Morrison, Charlotte, Shelden Williams, Atlanta


Heat
Andrea Bargnani
Which international rookie is most ready to contribute this season?
40.7%
40.7%
18.5%


Heat
Rajon Rondo
Which rookie is most likely to be a "sleeper" success?
Rajon Rondo, Boston
25.0%
14.3%
Randy Foye, Minnesota
10.7%
Others receiving votes: Maurice Ager, Dallas, Hilton Armstrong, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Ronnie Brewer, Utah, Rodney Carney, Philadelphia, Yakhouba Diawara, Denver, Jordan Farmar, L.A. Lakers, Jorge Garbajosa, Toronto, Rudy Gay, Memphis, Steve Novak, Houston, Brandon Roy, Portland, Mouhamed Sene, Seattle, Craig Smith, Minnesota


Heat
Ben Wallace
Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
Ben Wallace, Chicago
32.1%
Ron Artest, Sacramento
28.6%
Bruce Bowen, San Antonio
25.0%
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
10.7%
3.6%


Heat
Bruce Bowen
Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
Bruce Bowen, San Antonio
39.3%
Ron Artest, Sacramento
25.0%
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
25.0%
Raja Bell, Phoenix
10.7%


Heat
Ben Wallace
Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
Ben Wallace, Chicago
64.3%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
17.9%
7.1%
Others receiving votes: Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, Shaquille O'Neal, Miami, Darko Milicic, Orlando


Heat
Dirk Nowitzki
Who is the best international player in the NBA?
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
89.3%
Steve Nash, Phoenix
7.1%
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
3.6%


Heat
Darko Milicic
Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2006-07?
Darko Milicic, Orlando
28.6%
Nenad Krstic, New Jersey
17.9%
7.1%
Others receiving votes: Andris Biedrins, Golden State, Primoz Brezec, Charlotte, Jose Calderon, Toronto, Carlos Delfino, Detroit, DeSagana Diop, Dallas, Pau Gasol, Memphis, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, Nene, Denver, Andres Nocioni, Chicago, Johan Petro, Seattle, Mickael Pietrus, Seattle, Anderson Varejao, Cleveland


Heat
Theodoros Papaloukas
Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?
Theodoros Papaloukas
37.5%
Juan Carlos Navarro
16.7%
Luis Scola
16.7%
Tiago Splitter
12.5%
Others receiving votes: Marco Belinelli, Rudy Fernandez, Robertas Javtokas, Ricky Rubio


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