NBA / Jan 17, 2012 / 3:30 pm

NBA GMs Say Miami Is The Best Team, Kevin Durant Is The MVP & Derrick Rose Is The Best PG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

Every year, NBA.com puts out an early season survey where all the GMs across the league are asked to break down the league. The best teams, the best players, the most promising moves, the guys they’d want winning games for them, the best coaches… This year, they found 57 GMs willing to participate, and they answered questions on basically everything around the league.

While you can find the entire survey here, I’m posting some of the highlights:


Which team will win the 2012 NBA Finals?
1. Miami – 74.1 percent
2. Oklahoma City – 14.8 percent
3. L.A. Lakers – 7.4 percent

-The GMs got it right. The best fast breaking team in the league also has the most talent and potentially, the most suffocating defense. If Miami doesn’t win it all this year, it’ll be one of the larger team failures of the past decade. It’s right there for them.

Who will the division winners be?
Boston (64.3 percent), Chicago (96.4 percent), Miami (96.3 percent), San Antonio (63.6 percent), Oklahoma City (71.4 percent) and L.A. Lakers (77.8 percent)
-My picks right now (given I have the added benefit of having watched a few weeks of ball) would be: Philly, Chicago, Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the L.A. Clippers

Who will win the 2011-12 MVP?
1. Kevin Durant – 55.6 percent
2. LeBron James – 44.4 percent

-My take? LeBron (29.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists per game) really doesn’t have enough competition this year. Kobe won’t keep up this pace. Kevin Durant has taken a step back statistically as the Thunder have gotten better. Same for Derrick Rose. Who else is left?

Who is the best point guard in the league?
1. Derrick Rose – 59.3 percent
2. Chris Paul – 37 percent
3. Russell Westbrook – 3.7 percent

I think at his best, CP3 is still the best lead guard in the league. The problem is he has too many games where he’ll finish with 12/8 lines. Ever since his knee issues began, Paul hasn’t consistently been the beast that he once was. The reigning MVP is too good, night in and night out.

Who is the best two guard, small forward, power forward and center in the league?
-Kobe Bryant (55.6 percent), LeBron James (77.8 percent), Dirk Nowitzki (41.1 percent), Dwight Howard (96.3 percent)
Damn, normally I would go Wade, James, Dirk, Dwight. But right now, how can you say no to Kobe? I still don’t believe he’ll be able to keep this up though.

Who will win the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year?
1. Kyrie Irving – 63 percent
2. Ricky Rubio – 18.5 percent
3. Kemba Walker, Derrick Williams – 7.4 percent

-I agree 100 percent. Irving’s only getting better, and once he’s handed the keys full-time (he’s still not even playing 30 minutes a night), his numbers will be too good to overlook.

Who is the best perimeter defender in the league?
1. Tony Allen – 26.9 percent
2. Rajon Rondo – 15.4 percent
3. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook – 11.5 percent

-They got it right again. Allen is incredible on the wings. But my top three would read like this: Allen, James, Andre Iguodala.

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
1. Kobe Bryant – 48.1 percent
2. Kevin Durant – 30.8 percent

Eh, hard to go against the Mamba (even though he’s gone a year and a half now seemingly without making one). I’d take Wade over Durant though.

Some other highlights:
Best basketball IQ: Steve Nash
Best leader: Chris Paul
Best passer: Chris Paul (Rondo didn’t get one vote. NOT ONE!)
Toughest player: Kobe Bryant
Best at getting his own shot: Kobe Bryant
Fastest with the ball: Derrick Rose
Best head coach: Gregg Popovich

What do you think?

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    This just shows that GMs just watch SportsCenter.

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  • igetmoney01

    wow rondo gets no love….EVER!!!!! sh*t is crazy i dont understand it???

  • Chaos

    Gotta agree w/ AB

  • A.R.

    Sean is a hater. Can’t even mention Kobe’s name without stating your foolish opinion that he won’t keep up the pace. If Kobe’s number’s go down it will be because the team is improving you can bet that. I’m not saying his shooting percentage will be great but I can assure you he’ll keep scoring one way or the other barring a major injury.

  • beiber newz

    man, kobe gona skeet skeet skeet all over the competition this year. all yall’s wordmakers gonna be full of that white stuff.

  • http://www.psychodrama.com Chicagorilla

    All the GMs should probably be fired.

  • Daio

    I love D. Rose’s play, but Westbrook is faster with the ball.

  • JA

    Got to love this one. I cut of some additional honorable mentions for effect, but it’s pretty easy to spot the pattern.

    Which player does the most with the least?
    1. Kevin Love, Minnesota — 26.9%
    2. Luis Scola, Houston — 15.4%
    3. Steve Nash, Phoenix — 7.7%

    Also receiving votes: J.J. Barea, Minnesota; Andrea Bargnani, Toronto; Brian Cardinal, Dallas

  • dk

    I only listen to what Otis Smith has to say. Consummate genius.