NBA General Managers make their picks for 2007-08
GM Survey: Best Players

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.


Heat
LeBron James
Who will win the 2007-08 MVP?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 29.6%
2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 22.2%
3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 18.5%
4. Steve Nash, Phoenix 11.1%
5. Kevin Garnett, Boston 7.4%
Dwyane Wade, Miami 7.4%
7. Yao Ming, Houston 3.7%
Last year's pick: LeBron James


Heat
LeBron James
If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 59.3%
2. Dwight Howard, Orlando 25.9%
3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 11.1%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio 11.1%
5. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 3.7%
Last year's pick: LeBron James


Heat
Kobe Bryant
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 34.6%
2. Steve Nash, Phoenix 15.4%
3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 11.5%
LeBron James, Cleveland 11.5%
Shaquille O'Neal, Miami 11.5%
6. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Gilbert Arenas, Washington; Kevin Garnett, Boston
Last year's pick: Shaquille O'Neal


Heat
Deng, Jefferson
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season
in 2007-08?
1. Luol Deng, Chicago 14.8%
Al Jefferson, Minnesota 14.8%
3. Kevin Durant, Seattle 7.4%
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 7.4%
Others receiving votes: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland; Randy Foye, Minnesota; Rudy Gay, Memphis; Grant Hill, Phoenix; Dwight Howard, Orlando; Corey Maggette, L.A. Clippers; Kevin Martin, Sacramento; Chris Paul, New Orleans; Zach Randolph, New York; J.J. Redick, Orlando; Rajon Rondo, Boston; Brandon Roy, Portland; Josh Smith, Atlanta; Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix; Marvin Williams, Atlanta
Last year's pick: Dwight Howard


Heat
Steve Nash
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
1. Steve Nash, Phoenix 85.2%
2. Jason Kidd, New Jersey 14.8%
Last year's pick: Steve Nash


Heat
Kobe Bryant
Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 92.6%
2. Ray Allen, Boston 3.7%
Dwyane Wade, Miami 3.7%
Last year's pick: Kobe Bryant


Heat
LeBron James
Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 74.1%
2. Carmelo Anthony, Denver 14.8%
3. Tracy McGrady, Houston 7.4%
4. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 3.7%
Last year's pick: LeBron James


Heat
Tim Duncan
Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 48.1%
2. Kevin Garnett, Boston 25.9%
3. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 18.5%
Others receiving votes: Dwight Howard, Orlando; Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix
Last year's pick: Tim Duncan


Heat
Tim Duncan
Who is the best center in the NBA?
1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 48.1%
2. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets 33.3%
3. Dwight Howard, Orlando 7.4%
Shaquille O'Neal, Miami 7.4%
5. Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix 3.7%
Last year's pick: Shaquille O'Neal

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