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NBA GM Survey 2014 Results: Heat Repeat? LeBron, Duncan and Harden On Top

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The annual NBA GM Survey took place and the results are in. All 30 NBA GM’s responded to almost 60 questions about the best players, teams, fans, coaches, off season moves and gave their predictions for the upcoming season. Keep in mind these GM’s were not allowed to vote for players or coaches of their own team.

According to these survey results, the  Miami Heat are expected to win the NBA Championship in 2014.

GM’s also still think the Spurs are the best team in the West and we will see a repeat Finals in 2014, in which the Miami Heat defeat the Spurs again.

LeBron James is the best player in the league and is clearly the king of the NBA as he dominates many categories in this survey.

Many players and now even GM’s feel that James Harden has surpassed Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade as the best shooting guard in the NBA.

Tim Duncan is back on top as he is considered the best power forward in the NBA.

Brooklyn is expected to be the best team in New York.

Check out the rest of the results below

As per NBA

Which team will win the 2014 NBA Finals?

 

1. Miami — 75.9%

2. Indiana and San Antonio — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Chicago, L.A. Clippers, Oklahoma City

Last year: Miami — 70.0%


Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

 

1. Miami — 86.2%

2. Indiana — 10.3%

3. Chicago — 3.4%

Last year: Miami — 96.7%

 

Which team will win the Western Conference?

 

1. San Antonio — 40.0%

2. Oklahoma City — 36.7%

3. L.A. Clippers — 20.0%

4. Houston — 3.3%

Last year: L.A. Lakers — 60.0%

 

Which team will win the Atlantic Division?

 

1. Brooklyn — 75.9%

2. New York — 24.1%

Last year: Boston — 66.7%

Who will win the 2013-14 MVP?

 

1. LeBron James, Miami — 69.0%

2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 24.1%

Also receiving votes: Carmelo Anthony, New York; Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers

Last year: LeBron James — 66.7%

If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?

 

1. LeBron James, Miami — 89.7%

2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 6.9%

3. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland — 3.4%

Last year: LeBron James — 80.0%

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?

 

1. LeBron James, Miami — 66.7%

2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 13.3%

3. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 10.0%

Also receiving votes: Stephen Curry, Golden State; Tony Parker, San Antonio; Derrick Rose, Chicago

Last year: LeBron James — 50.0%

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2013-14?

 

1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans — 27.6%

2. Andre Drummond , Detroit — 10.3%

3. Derrick Favors, Utah; Paul George, Indiana; Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Bradley Beal, Washington; James Harden, Houston; Tobias Harris, Orlando; Gordon Hayward, Utah; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland; DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers; Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Kevin Love, Minnesota; Klay Thompson, Golden State; Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto; John Wall, Washington

 

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?

 

1. James Harden, Houston — 56.7%

2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers — 20.0%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City; Paul George, Indiana — 6.7%

6. Dwyane Wade, Miami — 3.3%

Last year: Kobe Bryant — 66.7%

 

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?

 

1. LeBron James, Miami — 86.7%

2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 13.3%

Last year: LeBron James — 73.3%

 

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?

 

1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio — 31.0%

2. Kevin Love, Minnesota — 27.6%

3. LeBron James, Miami — 13.8%

4. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Chris Bosh, Miami; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City; Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

Last year: Kevin Love — 30.0%

 

Who is the best center in the NBA?

 

1. Dwight Howard, Houston — 65.5%

2. Marc Gasol, Memphis — 20.7%

3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio — 10.3%

4. Roy Hibbert, Indiana — 3.4%

Last year: Dwight Howard — 93.3%

 

Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?

 

1. Houston — 55.2%

2. Brooklyn — 24.1%

3. L.A. Clippers — 10.3%

Also receiving votes: Boston, Indiana, Oklahoma City

Last year: L.A. Lakers — 86.2%

 

Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?

 

1. Dwight Howard, Houston — 86.2%

Also receiving votes: Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn; Jrue Holiday, New Orleans; Paul Millsap, Atlanta; Josh Smith, Detroit

Last year: Dwight Howard — 70.0%

 

What was the most underrated player acquisition?

 

1. Jrue Holiday, New Orleans; Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn; Luis Scola, Indiana — 10.0%

4. Jared Dudley, L.A. Clippers; J.J. Redick, L.A. Clippers — 8.3%

6. Mike Dunleavy, Chicago; Andre Iguodala, Golden State; Paul Millsap, Atlanta; Josh Smith, Detroit — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Steven Adams, Oklahoma City; Marco Belinelli, San Antonio; Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix; Earl Clark, Cleveland; Jarrett Jack, Cleveland; Al Jefferson, Charlotte; Mike Miller, Memphis; Paul Pierce, Brooklyn

Last year: Andre Iguodala — 16.7%

 

Which team will be most improved in 2013-14?

 

1. Detroit — 16.7%

2. Brooklyn, Cleveland, Houston, Minnesota, New Orleans, Washington — 13.3%

8. L.A. Clippers — 3.3%

Last year: Brooklyn — 62.1%

 

Who will win the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year?

 

1. Victor Oladipo, Orlando — 80.0%

2. Cody Zeller, Charlotte — 10.0%

Also receiving votes: Anthony Bennett, Cleveland; C.J. McCollum, Portland; Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City

Last year: Anthony Davis — 76.7%

 

Which rookie will be the best player in five years?

 

1. Victor Oladipo, Orlando — 40.0%

2. Cody Zeller, Charlotte — 13.3%

3. Anthony Bennett, Cleveland; Ben McLemore, Sacramento — 10.0%

5. Kelly Olynyk, Boston — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Steven Adams, Oklahoma City; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia; Shane Larkin, Dallas; C.J. McCollum, Portland; Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia

Last year: Anthony Davis — 86.7%

 

Who is the best international player in the NBA?

 

1. Tony Parker, San Antonio — 53.3%

2. Marc Gasol, Memphis — 26.7%

3. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas — 20.0%

Last year: Dirk Nowitzki — 72.4%

 

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?

 

1. Dwight Howard, Houston — 34.5%

2. LeBron James, Miami — 27.6%

3. Tony Allen, Memphis — 13.8%

4. Andre Iguodala, Golden State — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Tim Duncan, San Antonio; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Paul George, Indiana; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

Last year: Dwight Howard — 60.0%

 

Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?

 

1. Tony Allen, Memphis — 36.7%

2. LeBron James, Miami — 33.3%

3. Paul George, Indiana — 10.0%

4. Avery Bradley, Boston; Andre Iguodala, Golden State; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio — 6.7%

Last year: Tony Allen — 33.3%

 

Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?

 

1. Dwight Howard, Houston — 46.7%

2. Joakim Noah, Chicago — 16.7%

3. Marc Gasol, Memphis; Roy Hibbert, Indiana; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City — 10.0%

Also receiving votes: Tyson Chandler, New York; Tim Duncan, San Antonio

Last year: Dwight Howard — 66.7%

 

Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?

 

1. Chicago — 43.3%

2. Indiana — 33.3%

3. Miami — 10.0%

4. Memphis — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Oklahoma City, San Antonio

Last year: Chicago — 40.0%

 

Who is the best head coach in the NBA?

 

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio — 75.9%

2. Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers — 10.3%

3. Erik Spoelstra, Miami; Tom Thibodeau, Chicago — 6.9%

Last year: Gregg Popovich — 80.0%

 

Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?

 

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio — 51.7%

2. Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers — 31.0%

3. Erik Spoelstra, Miami — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City; Mark Jackson, Golden State; Frank Vogel, Indiana

Last year: Gregg Popovich — 60.0%

 

Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?

 

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio — 27.6%

2. Rick Carlisle, Dallas — 24.1%

3. Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers — 13.8%

4. Rick Adelman, Minnesota; Tom Thibodeau, Chicago — 10.3%

Also receiving votes: Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City; Kevin McHale, Houston; Erik Spoelstra, Miami; Frank Vogel, Indiana

Last year: Gregg Popovich — 40.0%

 

Which head coach runs the best offense?

 

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio — 37.9%

2. Rick Adelman, Minnesota — 20.7%

3. Kevin McHale, Houston — 10.3%

4. Mike D’Antoni, L.A. Lakers; Erik Spoelstra, Miami — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Dallas; Mark Jackson, Golden State; George Karl; Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers; Tom Thibodeau, Chicago

Last year: George Karl — 31.0%

Which active player will make the best head coach someday?

 

1. Chauncey Billups, Detroit — 32.1%

2. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 17.9%

3. Shane Battier, Miami — 14.3%

4. Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City; Steve Nash, L.A. Lakers — 7.1%

Also receiving votes: Steve Blake, L.A. Lakers; Mike Dunleavy, Chicago; DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers; Mike Miller, Memphis; Jason Terry, Brooklyn; Earl Watson, Utah

Last year: Chauncey Billups — 20.7%

 

Which team is the most fun to watch?

 

1. Golden State — 41.4%

2. L.A. Clippers — 17.2%

3. Oklahoma City — 13.8%

4. Brooklyn, San Antonio — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Denver, Houston, Indiana, Sacramento

Last year: Oklahoma City — 30.0%

 

Which team has the best home-court advantage?

 

1. Oklahoma City — 36.7%

2. Golden State — 26.7%

3. Denver — 13.3%

4. Miami — 10.0%

5. Chicago, Utah — 6.7%

Last year: Oklahoma City — 70.0%

 

Which player is the most athletic?

 

1. LeBron James, Miami — 56.7%

2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City — 16.7%

3. Gerald Green, Phoenix; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Paul George, Indiana; DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers; Nate Robinson, Denver; Terrence Ross, Toronto

Last year: LeBron James — 62.1%

 

Which player is the best pure shooter?

 

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State — 44.8%

2. Ray Allen, Miami — 24.1%

3. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 10.3%

4. Kyle Korver, Atlanta; Steve Novak, Toronto — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: James Harden, Houston; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

Last year: Ray Allen — 56.7%

 

Which player is the fastest with the ball?

 

1. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City — 26.7%

2. Ty Lawson, Denver — 23.3%

3. Derrick Rose, Chicago — 20.0%

4. John Wall, Washington — 16.7%

5. Tony Parker, San Antonio — 10.0%

6. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 3.3%

Last year: Russell Westbrook — 36.7%

 

Which player is best at moving without the ball?

 

1. Ray Allen, Miami — 36.7%

2. J.J. Redick, L.A. Clippers — 13.3%

3. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio; Kyle Korver, Atlanta; Klay Thompson, Golden State — 10.0%

6. Luol Deng, Chicago — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Richard Hamilton; Gordon Hayward, Utah; LeBron James, Miami; Kevin Martin, Minnesota

Last year: Ray Allen — 56.7%

 

Which player is the best at getting his own shot?

 

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 33.3%

2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers — 26.7%

3. Carmelo Anthony, New York — 16.7%

4. LeBron James, Miami — 10.0%

Also receiving votes: Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers; Stephen Curry, Golden State; James Harden, Houston; Derrick Rose, Chicago

Last year: Kobe Bryant — 40.0%

 

Which player is the best passer?

 

1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 46.7%

2. Rajon Rondo, Boston; Ricky Rubio, Minnesota — 16.7%

4. Steve Nash, L.A. Lakers — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Marc Gasol, Memphis; LeBron James, Miami; Greivis Vasquez, Sacramento; Dion Waiters, Cleveland

Last year: Steve Nash — 58.6%

 

Which player is the most dangerous in the open floor?

 

1. LeBron James, Miami — 73.3%

2. Derrick Rose, Chicago; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City — 10.0%

Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City; John Wall, Washington

Last year: LeBron James — 60.0%

 

Which player is the best finisher at the rim?

 

1. LeBron James, Miami — 70.0%

2. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers; Tony Parker, San Antonio; Derrick Rose, Chicago — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City; Dwight Howard, Houston; Dwyane Wade, Miami

Last year: LeBron James — 66.7%

 

Which player makes the most of limited natural ability?

 

1. Kevin Love, Minnesota — 24.1%

2. Marc Gasol, Memphis — 13.8%

3. Matt Bonner, San Antonio; Jared Dudley, L.A. Clippers — 10.3%

5. J.J. Barea, Minnesota — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Nick Collison, Oklahoma City; Stephen Curry, Golden State; Danny Green, San Antonio; Chuck Hayes, Sacramento; Roy Hibbert, Indiana; Kyle Korver, Atlanta; Steve Nash, L.A. Lakers; Luis Scola, Indiana; Anderson Varejao, Cleveland, Greivis Vasquez, Sacramento

Last year: Kevin Love — 34.5%

 

Who is the toughest player in the NBA?

 

1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers — 31.0%

2. David West, Indiana — 13.8%

3. Nick Collison, Oklahoma City; Kenneth Faried, Denver; Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn — 6.9%

Also receiving votes: Tony Allen, Memphis; Matt Barnes, L.A. Clippers; Reggie Evans, Brooklyn; Udonis Haslem, Miami; LeBron James, Miami; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers; Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota; Zach Randolph, Memphis; Metta World Peace, New York

Last year: Kobe Bryant — 26.7%

 

Which player is the best leader?

 

1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio — 30.0%

2. Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn — 23.3%

3. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 16.7%

4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 10.0%

Also receiving votes: Chauncey Billups, Detroit; Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers; Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City; LeBron James, Miami; Tony Parker, San Antonio; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

Last year: Chris Paul — 27.6%

 

Which player has the best basketball IQ?

 

1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 33.3%

2. Steve Nash, L.A. Lakers — 16.7%

3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio; LeBron James, Miami — 13.3%

5. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers; Rajon Rondo, Boston — 6.7%

Also receiving votes: Marc Gasol, Memphis; Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn; Andre Miller, Denver

Last year: Steve Nash — 27.6%

 

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

 

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 39.3%

2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers — 32.1%

3. Carmelo Anthony, New York; LeBron James, Miami — 7.1%

Also receiving votes: Ray Allen, Miami; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas; Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers

Last year: Kevin Durant — 46.7%

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