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NBA's General Managers make predictions in new online survey
Surveys and polls are an excellent way to gain real, honest insight into any number of things, and last week the National Basketball Association conducted its annual General Manager's Survey to take the temperature around the league on a range of topics. In the same way that paid online surveys aid businesses by giving them consumer feedback, the NBA's GM poll gives the league Front Office and basketball fans alike authentic insight on the coming season.
No love for the Champs
The GM survey conducted by NBA.com revealed some interesting sentiments around the league. For example, few General Managers around the Association think the Golden State Warriors will repeat their championship run, despite the fact that their 2014-15 season was statistically one of the best regular season campaigns in league history. Only 17.9 percent of polled NBA General Managers stated that they believe the Warriors will win the title this season
Although the GMs reportedly don't have much faith in the Warriors, the survey revealed they're much more bullish on Golden State's 2015 Finals opponent. The Cleveland Cavaliers, lead by perennial MVP candidate LeBron James, are early championship favorites, earning 53.6 percent of the vote. LeBron's old foe, the Spurs, were second on the list, with 25 percent of GM's picking San Antonio to win it all.
Having said that, only 3.8 percent of polled General Managers chose the Warriors to win it all at the beginning of last season, so these predictions should be taken with a grain of salt.
No love for the MVP
The GMs weren't too hot on the Warriors' All-Star point guard Steph Curry either. Curry is the league's reigning MVP, yet according to the poll, only 7.1 percent of General Managers predicted Chef Curry would win the MVP honor once again. Curry earned 0 percent of the vote in last year's GM survey, so again keep those grains of salt on hand.
Between rising star Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant's return from injury, this season's NBA MVP award promises to be highly contested. According to the poll, LeBron is the favorite to be named league MVP this season, followed by Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and James Harden tied for third. Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook also earned votes.
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Although Karl-Anthony Towns was selected first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA draft, the GM survey revealed he's not the early favorite to win the league's Rookie Of The Year award. According to the poll, 44.8 percent of General Managers believe Jahlil Okafor, selected third overall by Philadelphia, is most likely to win ROTY in 2016. Towns was a close second, with 34.5 percent of the vote. Both players stand to play big minutes for teams desperate for help down low on either end of the floor.
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