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The NBA GM’s Have Made Their Pick For Best PG In The League


The annual NBA GM Survey results are in and the two headliners are their picks for the MVP and 2018 NBA Champions. According to the guys calling the shots in the front office, LeBron James will win his fifth MVP award this season. The GM’s pick the Warriors to repeat as NBA Championships. We spoke to Allen Iverson a few months ago and he also predicted that LeBron James would be the MVP in 2017-18. Majority of the GM’s also picked Stephen Curry as the best PG in the league. Check out the full results below via NBA.com

PREDICTIONS

Which team will win the 2018 NBA Finals?

1. Golden State – 93%

2. Cleveland – 7%

Last year: Golden State – 69%

Who will win the 2017-18 MVP?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 50%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State –29%

3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 11%

4. James Harden, Houston – 7%

5. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 4%

Last year: LeBron James – 47%

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

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 29%

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 21%

3. LeBron James, Cleveland – 18%

4. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 14%

5. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 11%

Also receiving votes: Stephen Curry, Golden State; Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Last year: Karl-Anthony Towns – 48%

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 48%

2. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 21%

3. James Harden, Houston – 14%

4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 7%

Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Golden State; Draymond Green, Golden State; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

Last year: LeBron James – 75%

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2017-18?

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 21%

2. Kristaps Porzingis, New York – 14%

Myles Turner, Indiana – 14%

4. Jusuf Nurkic, Portland – 10%

5. Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota – 7%

Last year: Devin Booker – 31%

Who is the best point guard in the NBA?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 62%

2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 28%

3. Chris Paul, Houston – 7%

4. John Wall, Washington – 3%

Last year:Stephen Curry – 63%

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?

1. James Harden, Houston – 83%

2. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 10%

Last year: James Harden – 57%

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 61%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 32%

3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 7%

Last year: LeBron James – 77%

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?

1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans – 41%

2. LeBron James, Cleveland – 28%

3. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 17%

4. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 7%

Last year: Anthony Davis – 29%

Who is the best center in the NBA?

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 28%

2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans – 24%

3. Marc Gasol, Memphis – 21%

4. DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans – 14%

Also receiving votes: Rudy Gobert, Utah; Draymond Green, Golden State; Nikola Jokic, Denver; DeAndre Jordan, LA Clippers

Last year: DeAndre Jordan – 33%

Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?

1. Oklahoma City – 43%

2. Boston – 25%

3. Minnesota – 14%

4. Houston – 11%

5. Golden State – 7%

Last year: Golden State – 83%

Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?

1. Paul George, Oklahoma City – 59%

2. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota – 17%

3. Chris Paul, Houston – 10%

4. Kyrie Irving, Boston – 7%

Last year: Kevin Durant – 80%

What was the most underrated player acquisition?

1. Paul Millsap, Denver – 24%

2. Avery Bradley, Detroit – 17%

3. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota – 10%

Jae Crowder, Cleveland – 10%

5. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento – 7%

Rudy Gay, San Antonio – 7%

Last year: George Hill – 24%

Which team will be most improved in 2017-18?

1. Minnesota – 69%

2. Philadelphia – 17%

Also receiving votes: Charlotte, Denver, L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City

Last year: Minnesota – 57%

What was the most surprising move of the offseason?

1. Boston-Cleveland trade – 45%

2. Paul George to Oklahoma City – 24%

3. Chris Paul to Houston – 14%

Last year: Kevin Durant to Golden State – 47%

Who will win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year?

1. Lonzo Ball, L.A. Lakers – 62%

2. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia – 24%

3. Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas – 7%

Also receiving votes: De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento; Jayson Tatum, Boston

Last year: Kris Dunn – 47%

Which rookie will be the best player in five years?

1. Josh Jackson, Phoenix – 24%

2. Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia – 21%

Jayson Tatum, Boston – 21%

4. Lonzo Ball, L.A. Lakers – 14%

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia – 14%

Last year: Ben Simmons – 70%

Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft?

1. Dennis Smith Jr. (9), Dallas – 37%

2. Kyle Kuzma (27), L.A. Lakers – 22%

3. Donovan Mitchell (13), Utah – 7%

Caleb Swanigan (26), Portland – 7%

Last year: Dejounte Murray – 23%

Who is the best international player in the NBA?

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 69%

2. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 14%

3. Marc Gasol, Memphis – 10%

4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York – 7%

Last year: Giannis Antetokounmpo – 28%

Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?

1. Luka Doncic – 69%

2. Nando de Colo – 28%

3. Alexey Shved – 3%

Last year: Milos Teodosic – 54%

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 62%

2. Draymond Green, Golden State – 21%

3. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 10%

Also receiving votes: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota; Hassan Whiteside, Miami

Last year: Kawhi Leonard – 67%

Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 72%

2. Avery Bradley, Detroit – 14%

Also receiving votes: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota; Draymond Green, Golden State; Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City; Marcus Smart, Boston

Last year:Kawhi Leonard – 67%

Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?

1. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 66%

2. DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers – 24%

Also receiving votes: Anthony Davis, New Orleans; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Draymond Green, Golden State

Last year: DeAndre Jordan – 50%

Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?

1. Golden State – 55%

2. San Antonio – 34%

3. Utah – 7%

4. Oklahoma City – 3%

Last year: San Antonio – 50%

Who is the best head coach in the NBA?

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 82%

2. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 11%

Also receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Dallas; Erik Spoelstra, Miami

Last year: Gregg Popovich – 83%

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

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 62%

2. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 17%

3. Erik Spoelstra, Miami – 7%

Also receiving votes:Scott Brooks, Washington; Rick Carlisle, Dallas; Quin Snyder, Utah; Brad Stevens, Boston

Last year: Gregg Popovich – 67%

Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?

1. Rick Carlisle, Dallas – 34%

2. Brad Stevens, Boston – 31%

3. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 24%

4. Stan Van Gundy, Detroit – 7%

5. Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta – 3%

Last year: Rick Carlisle – 41%

Which head coach runs the best offense?

1. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 59%

2. Mike D’Antoni, Houston – 24%

3. Brad Stevens, Boston – 10%

Last year:Steve Kerr – 63%

Which head coach has the best defensive schemes?

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 41%

2. Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota – 34%

3. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 7%

Quin Snyder, Utah – 7%

Erik Spoelstra, Miami – 7%

6. Brad Stevens, Boston – 3%

Last year: Tom Thibodeau– 60%

Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?

1. Ron Adams, Golden State – 21%

2. Ettore Messina, San Antonio – 14%

3. Mike Brown, Golden State – 10%

David Vanterpool, Portland – 10%

Last year: Ron Adams – 38%

Which active player will make the best head coach someday?

1. Chris Paul, Houston – 39%

2. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio – 14%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 7%

Garrett Temple, Sacramento – 7%

Last year: Chris Paul – 28%

Which team is the most fun to watch?

1. Golden State – 90%

2. Houston – 7%

3. Denver – 3%

Last year: Golden State – 93%

Which team has the best home-court advantage?

1. Golden State – 76%

2. Oklahoma City – 7%

San Antonio – 7%

Last year: Golden State – 58%

Which player is the most athletic?

1. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 62%

2. LeBron James, Cleveland – 14%

3. Zach LaVine, Chicago – 10%

Last year: Russell Westbrook – 62%

Which player is the best pure shooter?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 71%

2. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 25%

3. Devin Booker, Phoenix – 4%

Last year: Stephen Curry – 60%

Which player is the fastest with the ball?

1. John Wall, Washington – 48%

2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 45%

Last year:Russell Westbrook – 47%

Which player is best at moving without the ball?

1. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 61%

2. J.J. Redick, Philadelphia – 14%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 7%

Kyle Korver, Cleveland – 7%

Last year: Klay Thompson – 40%

Which player is the best passer?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 36%

2. Chris Paul, Houston – 32%

3. James Harden, Houston – 7%

Ricky Rubio, Utah – 7%

John Wall, Washington – 7%

Last year: Chris Paul – 62%

What bench player makes the biggest impact when he enters the game?

1. Andre Iguodala, Golden State – 41%

2. Eric Gordon, Houston – 24%

3. Jamal Crawford, Minnesota – 10%

4. Lou Williams, LA Clippers – 7%

Last year: Jamal Crawford – 47%

Who is the toughest player in the NBA?

1. Steven Adams, Oklahoma City – 14%

Draymond Green, Golden State – 14%

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 14%

4. LeBron James, Cleveland – 10%

5. Tony Allen, New Orleans – 7%

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 7%

Last year: Tony Allen – 23%

Which player is the best leader?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 43%

2. Chris Paul, Houston – 21%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 14%

4. Mike Conley, Memphis – 7%

Last year: LeBron James – 57%

Who is the most versatile player in the NBA?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 55%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 14%

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 14%

4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 10%

5. Draymond Green, Golden State – 7%

Last year: LeBron James – 75%

Which player has the best basketball IQ?

1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 64%

2. Chris Paul, Houston –14%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 11%

Also receiving votes: Marc Gasol, Memphis; James Harden, Houston; John Wall, Washington

Last year: LeBron James – 66%

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

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 55%

2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 34%

3. Kyrie Irving, Boston – 7%

4. LeBron James, Cleveland – 3%

Last year: Stephen Curry – 76%

What rule (regarding play, Draft/Lottery, playoff format, etc.) most needs to change?

1. Playoff seeding – 27%

2. Draft Lottery odds/system – 21%

3. Draft combine (timing, medical testing, etc.) – 11%

4. Advance-the-ball rule – 7%

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