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GMs predict Heat to beat Lakers for title, LeBron to get MVP

Oct 22, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

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The Lakers are the sexy new girl on the block, the latest super team to land the disgruntled star of another franchise, the team everybody says can challenge the Miami Heat for an NBA title.

But NBA GMs still think the Heat get the ring. And LeBron gets another MVP.

The NBA conducts an annual survey of the 30 general managers around the league for their predictions on the upcoming season. In case you forgot, last year they predicted Miami would beat Oklahoma City in the finals. These guys generally know their stuff.

This season 70 percent of them think the Miami Heat will win the NBA title. The Lakers come in second at 23.3 percent, the Thunder got two votes (6.6 percent).

But those GMs generally think the Lakers make it to the finals, with 60 percent of GMs picking them. The Thunder are second at 36.7 percent and there was one vote for the Denver Nuggets.

As for the division winners, the GMs like Boston (66.7 percent), Indiana (80 percent over a Bulls side without Derrick Rose that still got 20 percent of the vote), Miami (96.7 percent, I’d love to know who the one GM voting for Atlanta was), San Antonio (96.7 percent, one vote for Memphis), Oklahoma City (86.7 percent) and the Los Angeles Lakers (96.7 percent, one vote for the Clippers).

As for MVP, the GMs like LeBron James (66.7 percent) over Kevin Durant (30 percent) with one lone vote for Carmelo Anthony. And I checked, Isiah Thomas doesn’t still have a vote so not sure who the ‘Melo vote was from.

LeBron landed on the top of a bunch of other lists — if you cold start a team from scratch who would you take (80 percent), which player forces a team to make the most adjustments (50 percent), Best small forward in the NBA (73.3 percent).

As for winner of Rookie of the Year, the GMs like top pick Anthony Davis of New Orleans, he got 76.7 percent of the vote, with Portland’s Damian Lillard second with 20 percent. Austin Rivers was third with one vote, and if you made me guess it was Danny Ainge voting to make Doc Rivers happy.

The GMs took Boston’s Jared Sullinger as the sleeper rookie pick. And they think Dirk Nowitzki remains the best international player in the game. Which is pretty hard to argue.

  1. soopreme - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    “LeBron landed on the top of a bunch of other lists — if you cold start a team from scratch who would you take (80 percent),”
    Then that settles it.

  2. phillyphannn83 - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Boston is not winning the Atlantic.

  3. gatordontplay - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Boston might not win the Atlantic but they will win the east bitches

    • qwertify - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Wow, your logic is… mind-blowing.

      • qwertify - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        Ah yes yes come playoff they might win the East

      • broncobeta - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        Wishing PBT had a delete button did we?

      • qwertify - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Forgive me if I was thinking regular season. It’s just that in my mind, the cHeat are already locked to win the East. Sad truth though i hate to admit it

  4. jjordannba - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I see Rondo has finally been recognized as a top 3 point guard behind only Chris Paul and Rose. They’re starting to realize that he really is just a better point guard than D-Will and Westbrook.

    • broncobeta - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Agreed. Rondo plays the one better than D-Will or Westbrook. However, D-Will and Westbrook play the two much better than Rondo.

      • jjordannba - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Yes, Just like the fact that Rose may be a better overall player than Rondo, but he’s not a better Point Guard

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Rondo is a great point guard whose only faults are inconsistent shooting and attitude. He’s too much of a head case to be the best player on a championship team. He loses confidence in his jumper too easily and tends to be silent for a quarter at a time where he could be communicating with his teammates. How many times have you seen Garnett put his arm around Rondo’s head and pull him in for a supportive hug? I can’t see Rondo doing to same to anybody… ever.

      • jjordannba - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        Well Rondo did get the Celtics to the championship in 2010, he was the best player on the team throughout that year’s playoffs, including outplaying Lebron in the Cavs series.

  5. bougin89 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Is Carmelo even top 10 in the NBA? Lebron, Durant, Kobe, Howard, Paul, Rondo, Williams, Love, Nowitzki, Garnett, Wade…just throwing these names off the top of my head in no real particular order. IDK, I’d probably take all of these guys over Carmelo for this season. I left Rose off the list because of his injury.

    • jjordannba - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Well according to ESPN’s NBA Rank Carmelo was 17th, but that whole list was crap so I don’t see their experts as having too much credibility.

  6. ovi8lebron6 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    “Miami (96.7 percent, I’d love to know who the one GM voting for Atlanta was)”

    I’ll tell you who was it: Pat Riley. “General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel”. Maybe this is why you can’t find an answer or pick with a 100%…

  7. rocirius - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Boston will win the Atlantic by at least five games and may go into the playoffs as the #1 seed in the East. There will be a dogfight between Brooklyn, Philly and NY for #2 in the Atlantic with about a five game difference between #2 and #4, assuming NY doesn’t implode and fall behind Toronto.

  8. rocirius - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Celtics will win the Atlantic by at least five games.

  9. canehouse - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    “RE-HEAT” in 2013!!!!!

  10. pop562 - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    It’s not RE-HEAT, it’s get DEFEAT and get DELETE. Heats not going to have an easy win with a lockout like last season, this year the east got better. Pacers, Celtics, 76ers, Hawks and maybe Nets can compete. But the Bulls need to get back in contention…D Rose is always fun to watch.

  11. progress2011 - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    So pop,

    you mentioned the Pacers and others got better. However, you left off the fact that the Heat also got better.
    Do you not think, the Heat got better by adding the #1 three point shooter, in the history of the NBA, plus other proven players.

    No need to respond, it’s not really a question.

  12. paulhargis53 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    You mean a guy who STILL has bad ankles and a guy who hasn’t had it since 09? Yeah they reall got better.

    No need for you to respond, it will just be nonsense anyway….

  13. xjokerz - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Exactly. So why should any other fan from any other team even bother tuning in? The Nba needs to seriously work on its parity

  14. loungefly74 - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    “The Lakers are the sexy new girl on the block, the latest super team to land the disgruntled star of another franchise, the team everybody says can challenge the Miami Heat for an NBA title.”

    …ummmm…no man..the Lakers are the chick that owns the block…for the past 30 years. (you guys with your extreme short term memory…sheesh)

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