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NBA GMs Pick Celtics as Best Defensive Team

A survey of NBA General Managers [1] on NBA.com revealed the more than 60 percent of the execs believe the Los Angeles Lakers [2] will win it all again this season. That doesn’t mean, though, the Boston Celtics [3] were not recognized.

The Cs were predicted to win the Eastern Conference [1], earning 50 percent of the votes. They also received 100 percent of votes to win the Atlantic Division.

Which team will win the Eastern Conference?
Boston Celtics     50.0%
Cleveland Cavaliers [4]     42.9%
Orlando Magic [5]     7.1%

Over 60 percent of GMs selected the Celtics as the best defensive team [6] in the 2009-10 season. Kevin Garnett [7] and Rajon Rondo [8] each received votes for individual defensive categories. Rondo tied Kobe Bryant [9] with the most votes for best ball-on-ball defender.

Best defensive team:
Boston     60.7%
San Antonio     32.1%
L.A. Lakers     7.1%

Best defensive player:
Dwight Howard [10], Orlando     46.4%
Kevin Garnett, Boston     17.9%
Ron Artest [11], L.A. Lakers 17.9%

Best on-the-ball defender:
Rajon Rondo, Boston     25.0%
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers     25.0%
Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers     17.9%

Best interior defender:
Dwight Howard, Orlando     64.3%
Kevin Garnett, Boston     32.1%

Best perimeter defender:
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers     34.5%
Shane Battier [12], Houston     24.1%
Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers     20.7%
Rajon Rondo, Boston     6.9%

On an individual basis [13], Garnett received the second-most votes (20.7%) for best power forward behind Tim Duncan [14]. Ray Allen [15] also received votes for best shooting guard.

Click here [1] for complete results on NBA.com. General Managers were not allowed to vote for their own team.