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2009-10 GM Survey Results: Miscellaneous

Posted Oct 14 2009 1:11PM

It was a busy offseason for the league's General Managers, but before they sat back and watched their players and coaches go to work, asked the GMs to fill out our eighth annual GM Survey.

Can the Lakers repeat for the seventh time in their history, will the Celtics capture banner No. 18, or will Shaq help the King get his ring? Will LeBron James earn another MVP award, and if you were putting together an NBA franchise, is he the player you'd most like to start with?

Those are just a few of the 60 questions NBA general managers responded to. See how their opinions compare to yours and if they got it right a year ago.

General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to each question of the survey, rather than all 30 GMs. The GM Survey was compiled by John Schuhmann.

L.A. Lakers
Which team is the most fun to watch?
1. L.A. Lakers 30.8%
2. Orlando 15.4%
3. Denver 11.5%
4. Cleveland 7.7%
4. Golden State 7.7%
4. New York 7.7%
Also receiving votes:
Atlanta, Phoenix, Portland, Utah, Washington
- Last year: New Orleans 26.9%

Which team has the best home-court advantage?
1. Cleveland 37.9%
2. Utah 31.0%
3. L.A. Lakers 10.3%
3. Portland 10.3%
Also receiving votes:
Boston, Golden State, San Antonio
- Last year: Utah 44.4%

LeBron James
Which player is the most athletic?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 69.6%
2. Dwight Howard, Orlando 10.7%
2. Josh Smith, Atlanta 10.7%
Also receiving votes:
Rudy Gay, Memphis; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia; Tyrus Thomas, Chicago
- Last year: LeBron James 59.3%

Ray Allen
Which player is the best pure shooter?
1. Ray Allen, Boston 57.1%
2. Jason Kapono, Philadelphia 17.9%
Also receiving votes:
Joe Johnson, Atlanta; Kyle Korver, Utah; Rashard Lewis, Orlando; Kevin Martin, Sacramento; Steve Nash, Phoenix; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas; J.R. Smith, Denver
- Last year: Ray Allen 61.1%

Chris Paul
Which player is the fastest with the ball?
1. Chris Paul, New Orleans 42.9%
2. Tony Parker, San Antonio 17.9%
3. Aaron Brooks, Houston 14.3%
4. Derrick Rose, Chicago 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix; Devin Harris, New Jersey; Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee; Steve Nash, Phoenix; Rajon Rondo, Boston
- Last year: Chris Paul 37.0%

Richard Hamilton
Which player is best at moving without the ball?
1. Richard Hamilton, Detroit 67.9%
2. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 14.3%
3. Ray Allen, Boston 10.7%
4. Kevin Martin, Sacramento 7.1%
- Last year: Richard Hamilton 76.9%

Kobe Bryant
Which player is the best at getting his own shot?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 69.0%
2. LeBron James, Cleveland 20.7%
3. Dwyane Wade, Miami 10.3%
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 81.5%

Dwight Howard
Which player is the best offensive rebounder?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 74.1%
Also receiving votes:
Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers; Udonis Haslem, Miami; Paul Millsap, Utah; Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta; Zach Randolph, Memphis; Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix
- Last year: Tyson Chandler 38.5%

Steve Nash
Which player is the best passer?
1. Steve Nash, Phoenix 58.6%
2. Chris Paul, New Orleans 34.5%
3. Jason Kidd, Dallas 6.9%
- Last year: Steve Nash 44.4%

LeBron James
Which player is the most dangerous in the open floor?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 62.1%
2. Chris Paul, New Orleans 17.2%
3. Steve Nash, Phoenix 6.9%
3. Dwyane Wade, Miami 6.9%
Also receiving votes:
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers; Jason Kidd, Dallas
- Last year: LeBron James 37.0%

LeBron James
Which player is the best finisher?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland 55.2%
2. Dwyane Wade, Miami 13.8%
3. Dwight Howard, Orlando 10.3%
4. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 6.9%
Also receiving votes:
Carlos Boozer, Utah; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia; Tony Parker, San Antonio
- Last year: LeBron James 63.0%

Mehmet Okur
Which player does the most with the least?
1. Mehmet Okur, Utah 14.3%
2. Matt Bonner, San Antonio 10.7%
3. Chuck Hayes, Houston 7.1%
3. David Lee, New York 7.1%
3. Luis Scola, Houston 7.1%
3. Hedo Turkoglu, Toronto 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Kelenna Azubuike, Golden State; Shane Battier, Houston; Chauncey Billups, Denver; Glen Davis, Boston; Tim Duncan, San Antonio; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Matt Harpring, Utah; Kyle Korver, Utah; Paul Millsap, Utah; Steve Nash, Phoenix; John Salmons, Chicago; Anderson Varejao, Cleveland
- Last year: Bruce Bowen 12.5%

Ron Artest
Who is the toughest player in the NBA?
1. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 42.9%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 10.7%
3. Kevin Garnett, Boston 7.1%
3. Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland 7.1%
3. Dwyane Wade, Miami 7.1%
Also receiving votes:
Matt Harpring, Utah; Al Horford, Atlanta; Stephen Jackson, Golden State; Chris Paul, New Orleans; Luis Scola, Houston; Kurt Thomas, Milwaukee
- Last year: Ron Artest 37.0%

Chauncey Billups
Which player is the best leader?
1. Chauncey Billups, Denver 28.6%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 25.0%
3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 14.3%
4. Kevin Garnett, Boston 10.7%
5. Jason Kidd, Dallas 7.1%
5. Steve Nash, Phoenix 7.1%
5. Chris Paul, New Orleans 7.1%
- Last year: Kevin Garnett 51.9%

Steve Nash
Which player has the best basketball IQ?
1. Steve Nash, Phoenix 36.5%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 28.8%
3. Jason Kidd, Dallas 7.7%
Also receiving votes:
Shane Battier, Houston; Chauncey Billups, Denver; Tim Duncan, San Antonio; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers; Tony Parker, San Antonio; Brandon Roy, Portland; Deron Williams, Utah
- Last year: N/A

Kobe Bryant
Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 89.7%
2. Paul Pierce, Boston 6.9%
3. Carmelo Anthony, Denver 3.4%
- Last year: Kobe Bryant 88.9%

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