Team bosses have their say who will be the best player this season.
The annual NBA general manager survey is out again which means one of two things, controversy is set to abound and the season is days away.
fanatix will break down all of the important information from this year’s survey which includes several surprising results.
All 30 GMs responded to 56 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and off-season moves.
General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to each question of the survey, rather than all 30 GMs.
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%
fanatix says: This should not come as any great surprise to any basketball fan. After almost willing the Heat to two titles in as many years, LeBron James has shattered the stereotype that he can’t come through in the clutch and deserves to be front-runner again, however, not a second of action has been played this season and anything can happen.
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%
fanatix says: If James is the MVP favorite then surely you must start a new team with him right? While Kevin Durant, and in a big nod to Kyrie Irving’s potential and what he has already shown, also get a look in, the weight of the votes came for last year’s MVP fittingly.
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%
fanatix says: James does what no other player in the league can do and that is play at every position on the court and do it well. Durant is arguably a better flat-out scorer, and Chris Paul organises an offence better than anyone in the league. But James’ ability to dominate at both ends of the floor and change the course of a game in one play means he has become the most dangerous player in the NBA again.