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GMs Predict Lakers to Beat Celtics in NBA Finals
Posted By Jessica Camerato On October 22, 2008 @ 11:37 am In General | No Comments
On Wednesday NBA.com revealed the results of the 2008-09 GM Survey . There were some expected predictions based on last season’s performances ‘ a second straight Celtics /Lakers Finals, the Miami Heat  will be the most improved team, and Chris Paul  is the fastest player with the ball. But there were also a few notable results worth taking another look at:
Which team will win NBA Finals  2009?
1. L.A. Lakers — 46.2%
2. Boston — 19.2%
3. New Orleans — 11.5%
4. Houston — 7.7%
San Antonio — 7.7%
Others receiving votes: Detroit, Orlando
The departure of James Posey  caused many to doubt the Celtics chances to repeat, but this landslide victory was still surprising. Most of the hoopla surrounding the Lakers this season is the return of Andrew Bynum . Yes, he will make them better by giving them an inside presence and allowing Pau Gasol  to move back to the power forward position (where he won’t get beat up by Kendrick Perkins ). But can Bynum hold up for three postseason rounds? The Lakers starting five (including the hobbled Kobe Bryant ) has not proven they can win it all as a unit whereas the Celtics are returning their entire starting lineup. While experience isn’t accounted for on the box score, it can affect the final outcome.
Who will win the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year?
1. Michael Beasley — 48.1%
2. Greg Oden  — 29.6%
Which rookie will be the best player in five years?
1. Greg Oden — 30.8%
2. Michael Beasley — 23.1%
A year ago the race for Rookie of the Year was neck-and-neck between Greg Oden and Kevin Durant . One knee injury later, Oden has been edged out by Michael Beasley for the honors. But you’ve got to feel good if you’re Portland Trail Blazer GM Kevin Pritchard. His long-term vision for young talent will make his team a contender for several years down the road.
Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?
1. Phil Jackson — 44.0%
2. Gregg Popovich — 28.0%
3. Doc Rivers  — 12.0%
4. Nate McMillan — 8.0%
Others receiving votes: Rick Adelman, Jerry Sloan
Did you check that list twice? After winning an NBA Championship, Doc Rivers was left off the list of best head coaches. San Antonio Spurs  coach Gregg Popovich still reigns supreme in the eyes of GMs, also taking first place over Rivers for coach with the best defensive schemes. You would assume that Rivers would get at least one nod after transforming the Celtics from worst to first, but fortunately for Rivers the title of 2008 NBA Champions holds more clout than any preseason predictions.
As far as defense goes, Kevin Garnett  was predicted to be the league’s best defensive player, best interior defender, and best leader. Rajon Rondo’s inclusion on the best on-the-ball defender list speaks volumes to the influences of Garnett and Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau , who was also predicted best in the NBA. To put things into perspective, Rondo was 10 years old when Bruce Bowen made his professional debut. Talk about a quick learner.
So how much stock should you put into these results? It’s up to you.
Which team will win NBA Finals 2008? 
1. San Antonio Spurs 37.0%
2. Phoenix Suns  25.9%
3. Dallas Mavericks  14.8%
4. Detroit Pistons  7.4%
Others receiving votes: Boston, Houston, Miami, Orlando
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URLs in this post:
 2008-09 GM Survey: http://www.nba.com/2008/tipoff/10/21/gmsurvey.predictions/index.html
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Miami Heat: http://media.weei.com/basketball/miami-heat.htm
 Chris Paul: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-paul-new-orleans.htm
 NBA Finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm
 James Posey: http://media.weei.com/basketball/james-posey.htm
 Andrew Bynum: http://media.weei.com/basketball/andrew-bynum.htm
 Pau Gasol: http://media.weei.com/basketball/pau-gasol.htm
 Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm
 Kobe Bryant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kobe-bryant.htm
 Rookies: http://www.nba.com/2008/tipoff/10/21/gmsurvey.rookies/index.html
 Greg Oden: http://media.weei.com/basketball/greg-oden.htm
 Kevin Durant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-durant.htm
 Coaches: http://www.nba.com/2008/tipoff/10/21/gmsurvey.coaches/index.html
 Gregg Popovich: http://media.weei.com/basketball/gregg-popovich.htm
 Phil Jackson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/phil-jackson.htm
 Jerry Sloan: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jerry-sloan.htm
 Rick Carlisle: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rick-carlisle.htm
 Stan Van Gundy: http://media.weei.com/basketball/stan-van-gundy.htm
 Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm
 San Antonio Spurs: http://media.weei.com/basketball/san-antonio-spurs.htm
 Defense: http://www.nba.com/2008/tipoff/10/21/gmsurvey.defense/index.html
 Ron Artest: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ron-artest.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Tom Thibodeau: http://media.weei.com/basketball/tom-thibodeau.htm
 Phoenix Suns: http://media.weei.com/basketball/phoenix-suns.htm
 Dallas Mavericks: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dallas-mavericks.htm
 Detroit Pistons: http://media.weei.com/basketball/detroit-pistons.htm
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