View Full Version : GMs predict Heat to win title, Kevin Durant MVP

01-17-2012, 04:37 PM
The annual NBA survey of team general managers is out and — shockingly — they think the Miami Heat are very good. Same with that Kevin Durant guy. So, they see the world pretty much like the rest of this.

In the annual survey of team executives, 74.1 percent of the GMs think the Miami Heat will win the NBA title, with Oklahoma City second (14.8) and the Los Angeles Lakers third (7.4). The Heat win this with a pretty wide margin, but the GMs are not always accurate (63 percent thought the Lakers would three-peat last season.)

Oklahoma City will come out of the West, according to 67.9 percent of the GMs. While the Lakers were second (17.9 percent), interestingly 7.1 percent liked Portland and the same number liked San Antonio.

As for Divisions, 64.3 percent thought Boston would win the Atlantic Division. They would like their vote back. The 21.4 percent that picked the 76ers look pretty smart right now. Also on the other coast, the GMs were not sold on the Clippers as 77.8 percent of GMs still thought the Lakers would win the Pacific.

GMs seem to think MVP is a two-man race — Kevin Durant (55.6 percent) and LeBron James (44.4 percent). No mention of Derrick Rose. Interesting.

When asked what player they would choose to start a franchise, it was a tie between Durant and James at 37 percent. However, when asked what opposing player forces the most plan adjustments, the winner was Dwight Howard at 29.6 percent (followed by Durant, James, Dirk Nowitzki and Rose).

Howard was named the best defensive player in the league in a landslide. Tony Allen won best perimeter defender over Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant. (Really, Kobe? Have they watched much of him the last three years? Not the same defender.) GMs also thought the Bulls were the best defensive team. Duh.

Rose was named the best point guard in the league with 59.3 percent of the vote. Kobe Bryant was the best two guard (55.6 percent, ahead of Dwyane Wade at 40.7), LeBron was the best small forward, Nowitzki the best five and Howard the best center.

Kobe was named the toughest player in the league by GMs. Kevin Love was named player who does the most with the least (raw skill).

The Clippers did clean up categories such as “best offseason move” and “team who will improve the most,” as you might expect.

As for the rookies, 63 percent of GMs think Kyrie Irving would win rookie of the year, with Ricky Rubio second (18.5 percent). When asked who from this class will be the best five years from now, Irving won with 51.9 percent of the vote, with a three way tie behind him (Rubio, Jonas Valanciunas and Derrick Williams). Norris Cole was the GMs pick as rookie most likely to surprise.

Gregg Popovich cleaned up the coaching awards. Hard to knock that.

01-17-2012, 04:51 PM
they are probably wrong

01-17-2012, 04:52 PM
Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
1. Tony Allen, Memphis -- 26.9%
2. Rajon Rondo, Boston -- 15.4%
T3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 11.5%
T3. LeBron James, Miami -- 11.5%
T3. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City -- 11.5%
Also receiving votes: Arron Afflalo, Denver; Shane Battier, Miami; Luol Deng, Chicago; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee; Tayshaun Prince, Detroit; Dwyane Wade, Miam


01-17-2012, 05:37 PM
Majority consensus is almost always wrong.

In 2011 who would have thought Dallas Mavericks would win it all? What about D Rose as MVP?
In 2010 who would have thought Boston Celtics will go back to the finals?
In 2009 who would have thought the Orlando Magic will go back to the finals?
In 2008 who would have thought the Lakers would be in the finals after Kobe just demanded a trade?

List goes on and on and on.

01-17-2012, 05:42 PM
Right now,nearly everyone predict OKC-Miami in Finals including me.
It could be this until some teams step up and beat them.

01-17-2012, 05:53 PM
This is a general managers survey revealing good results for the denver nuggets :clap:


The NBA released a fascinating survey of general managers, who answer an array of NBA questions. Here’s the link to all the answers and below are those that involved the Nuggets:

Which head coach runs the best offense?
1. George Karl, Denver — 22.2%
2. Rick Adelman, Minnesota — 18.5%
T3. Rick Carlisle, Dallas — 11.1%
T3. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio — 11.1%
T5. Mike Brown, L.A. Lakers — 7.4%
T5. Mike D’Antoni — New York — 7.4%

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2011-12?
1. James Harden, Oklahoma City — 21.4%
T2. Ty Lawson, Denver — 10.7%
T2. Kyle Lowry, Houston — 10.7%
T4. Paul George, Indiana — 7.1%
T4. Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia — 7.1%

01-17-2012, 05:55 PM
wow. a link to another forum.

01-17-2012, 05:57 PM
Boy were they wrong on the Celtics winning the Atlantic.

01-17-2012, 06:04 PM
I love how Rubio finishes 3rd in "Best passer in the NBA" when at the time of the poll, he hadn't played a single second. Wth?

01-17-2012, 10:54 PM
OKC and Miami are the two most talented teams in the league and I dont see a team in their respective conferences that can stop them. Maybe CHI in the East. They have a shot to beat them but its still Miami. The Lakers will have a shot to win it all this year but they need to tweek their roster around and acquire some sort of help.

John Walls Era
01-18-2012, 12:48 AM
Shane Battierhttp://www.collegefun4u.com/track.php

is old and was hurt until the offseason.

John Walls Era
01-18-2012, 12:48 AM
all and all the GMs didn't do a terrible job. Decent predictions tbh with you.

01-18-2012, 12:44 PM
I love how Rubio finishes 3rd in "Best passer in the NBA" when at the time of the poll, he hadn't played a single second. Wth?

The 2011 NBA offseason was unique, with free agency running concurrently with the start of training camps, which were abbreviated in order to start the season on Christmas Day. Once things settled down and general managers were able to step away from their phones for a bit, NBA.com conducted its 10th annual GM Survey.

I don't know if you are making that claim based on how they conducted the survey from previous years, but by the article, I'm guessing this time around they voted a couple games into the season.

01-18-2012, 01:07 PM
Right now,nearly everyone predict OKC-Miami in Finals including me.
It could be this until some teams step up and beat them.

You think it could be that until some teams step up and beat them? Really? Does it take other teams beating them for them to not make the Finals?

And teams? You mean if teams don't beat them in the regular season they'll play in the Finals?

01-18-2012, 03:35 PM
Championship: Heat Vs. Lakers.
MVP: Lebron James or Kobe Bryant.

I hate the Lakers with all my heart, but the truth is the truth, I think they're the best team in the West.

01-25-2012, 09:51 PM
^^^You do know I've reported every single one of your comments, right?

01-25-2012, 10:29 PM
^^^^ Proud?
You must lead an exciting life.