NBA GM Survey Says Lakers Three-Peat, Durant Wins MVP
The Lakers were the overwhelming choice to win their third straight title this season, and were chosen by 63 percent of the survey's respondents. LeBron James and the new-look Miami Heat came in second with 33.3 percent, followed by Boston which received 3.7 percent -- basically, just one out of the 27 (probable) responses.
The league's GMs stayed on the Kevin Durant train that started to gain steam last season, and continued to roll on right through the World Championships this summer. Over 66 percent believe that Durant will finish the season as the league's MVP, with Kobe Bryant coming in second with 25.9 percent of the vote. Interestingly enough, Dwight Howard and James were the only other players to even be mentioned in this category.
Sticking with the individual player mentions, one that's sure to draw the ire of fans everywhere except Utah is the mention of Deron Williams as the league's best point guard. Fans widely believe that Chris Paul belongs atop this category, yet general managers gave the nod to D-Wil by a count of 50 percent of the vote to just 35.7 percent for CP3. But when asked to rate the game's best passer, the vote was for Steve Nash, at a 75 percent clip over second-place Paul, who garnered just 14.3 percent.
As far as rookie categories went, it's no surprise that number one overall pick John Wall was the top choice for Rookie of the Year, most athletic rookie, and which rookie will be the best player in five years. Wall finished with over 64 percent in all three categories, with players like Blake Griffin, Wesley Johnson, and DeMarcus Cousins being mentioned far behind.
One category in which the winner should come as no surprise was the one where GMs were asked which player they would want taking the game-winning shot. Bryant was the overwhelming choice, and received 78.6 percent of the vote. Carmelo Anthony and Durant were the next closest, tying with 7.1 percent.
Others mentioned were Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade, and conspicuous by his absence was James.