NBA General Managers make their picks for 2007-08
GM Survey: Top Coaches

Is this the year that the Spurs repeat? Or do the Suns finally break through? Is LeBron poised for an MVP season? Can anyone challenge Kevin Durant for the Rookie of the Year award? Will Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen make the Celtics the 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.


Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 73.1%
2. Jerry Sloan, Utah 15.4%
Others receiving votes: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix; Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers; Scott Skiles, Chicago
Last year's pick: Pat Riley


Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 36.5%
2. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 15.4%
Pat Riley, Miami 15.4%
4. Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix 9.6%
5. Don Nelson, Golden State 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Mike Brown, Cleveland; Avery Johnson, Dallas; Byron Scott, New Orleans; Jerry Sloan, Utah
Last year's pick: Pat Riley


Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 26.9%
2. Don Nelson, Golden State 19.2%
Scott Skiles, Chicago 19.2%
4. Jerry Sloan, Utah 11.5%
5. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 7.7%
Pat Riley, Miami 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix; Lawrence Frank, New Jersey
Last year's pick: Gregg Popovich


Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
Which head coach is the best in the last two minutes of a close game?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 34.6%
2. Pat Riley, Miami 15.4%
3. Don Nelson, Golden State 11.5%
Scott Skiles, Chicago 11.5%
5. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers 7.7%
Jerry Sloan, Utah 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Rick Adelman, Houston; Eddie Jordan, Washington; George Karl, Denver
Last year's pick: Pat Riley


Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni
Which coach runs the best offense?
1. Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix 73.1%
2. Jerry Sloan, Utah 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Rick Adelman, Houston; Don Nelson, Golden State; Pat Riley, Miami; Flip Saunders, Detroit; Scott Skiles, Chicago
Last year's pick: N/A


Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
Which coach has the best defensive schemes?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 65.4%
2. Jerry Sloan, Utah 15.4%
3. Scott Skiles, Chicago 11.5%
Others receiving votes: Mike Brown, Cleveland; Pat Riley, Miami
Last year's pick: N/A


Phil Johnson
Phil Johnson
Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
1. Phil Johnson, Utah 26.9%
2. Tim Grgurich, Denver 11.5%
3. Hank Egan, Cleveland 7.7%
Del Harris 7.7%
Terry Porter, Detroit 7.7%
Tom Thibodeau, Boston 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Ron Adams, Chicago; Dean Demopoulos, Portland; Chip Engelland, San Antonio; Armond Hill, Boston; Brian Hill, New Jersey; Kim Hughes, L.A. Clippers; John Kuester, Cleveland; Chuck Person, Sacramento
Last year's pick: Del Harris


Eric Snow
Eric Snow
Which active player will make the best head coach someday?
1. Eric Snow, Cleveland 34.6%
2. Steve Nash, Phoenix 11.5%
3. Darrell Armstrong, New Jersey 7.7%
Raja Bell, Phoenix 7.7%
Sam Cassell, L.A. Clippers 7.7%
Derek Fisher, L.A. Lakers 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Shane Battier, Houston; Bruce Bowen, San Antonio; Jason Kidd, New Jersey; Jacque Vaughn, San Antonio; Luke Walton, L.A. Lakers; Deron Williams, Utah
Last year's pick: Steve Nash

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