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NBA GM Survey: 2012-13 Edition

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Introduction

Welcome to the NBA GM Survey: 2012-13 Edition! In this article, we will take a trip down memory lane and revisit the predictions made by NBA general managers during the 2012-13 season. It’s always interesting to see how the landscape of the league has changed over the years and compare the predictions to what actually happened.

Predictions

Let’s dive into the predictions made by the NBA GMs during the 2012-13 season.

Which team will win the 2013 NBA Finals?

Here were the predictions for the 2013 NBA Finals winner:

  1. Miami – 70.0%
  2. L.A. Lakers – 23.3%
  3. Oklahoma City – 6.7%

Last year’s prediction had Miami as the favorite with 74.1% of the votes.

Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

According to the GMs, the favorite to win the Eastern Conference in 2013 was Miami with 96.7% of the votes. Boston was the second choice with 3.3%.

Which team will win the Western Conference?

The GMs predicted that the L.A. Lakers would win the Western Conference with 60.0% of the votes. Oklahoma City came in second with 36.7%, and Denver was third with 3.3%.

Which team will win the Atlantic Division?

Boston was favored to win the Atlantic Division with 66.7% of the votes. Brooklyn and New York tied for second place with 13.3% each, while Philadelphia received 6.7% of the votes.

Which team will win the Central Division?

The GMs predicted that Indiana would win the Central Division with 80.0% of the votes. Chicago came in second with 20.0%.

Which team will win the Southeast Division?

According to the GMs, Miami was the clear favorite to win the Southeast Division with 96.7% of the votes. Atlanta was the second choice with 3.3%.

Which team will win the Southwest Division?

San Antonio was predicted to win the Southwest Division with 96.7% of the votes. Memphis received 3.3% of the votes.

Which team will win the Northwest Division?

The GMs believed that Oklahoma City would win the Northwest Division with 86.7% of the votes. Denver came in second with 10.0%, and Minnesota received 3.3%.

Which team will win the Pacific Division?

The GMs predicted that the L.A. Lakers would win the Pacific Division with 96.7% of the votes. The L.A. Clippers received 3.3% of the votes.

Players

Now let’s shift our focus to the players and the predictions made by the GMs for the 2012-13 season.

Who will win the 2012-13 MVP?

LeBron James of the Miami Heat was the favorite to win the MVP award with 66.7% of the votes. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder came in second with 30.0%, and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks received 3.3% of the votes.

If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?

LeBron James was the overwhelming choice in this category with 80.0% of the votes. Kevin Durant came in second with 16.7%, and Dwight Howard of the L.A. Lakers received 3.3% of the votes.

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?

LeBron James was the player who was believed to force opposing coaches to make the most adjustments with 50.0% of the votes. Kevin Durant came in second with 20.0%, followed by Dwight Howard (16.7%) and Chris Paul (6.7%).

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2012-13?

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors was the player believed to have the most breakout potential, receiving 13.3% of the votes. Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs tied for second place with 10.0% each. Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder both received 6.7% of the votes.

Who is the best point guard in the NBA?

Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers was voted as the best point guard in the NBA with 69.0% of the votes. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls came in second with 20.7%, followed by Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics (6.9%) and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs (3.4%).

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Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?

Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers was chosen as the best shooting guard in the NBA with 66.7% of the votes. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat came in second with 23.3%.

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?

LeBron James of the Miami Heat was voted as the best small forward in the NBA with 73.3% of the votes. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder came in second with 26.7%.

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?

According to the GMs, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves was the best power forward in the NBA with 30.0% of the votes. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks came in second with 23.3%, followed by LeBron James (16.7%), LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers (10.0%), and a tie between Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers (6.7% each).

Who is the best center in the NBA?

Dwight Howard of the L.A. Lakers was the clear choice as the best center in the NBA, receiving 93.3% of the votes. Andrew Bynum of the Philadelphia 76ers came in second with 6.7%.

Offseason Moves

Let’s now shift our focus to the offseason moves and see what the GMs had to say about them.

Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?

The L.A. Lakers were believed to have made the best overall moves during the offseason with 86.2% of the votes. Brooklyn came in second with 6.9%.

Which one-player acquisition will make the biggest impact?

Dwight Howard of the L.A. Lakers was predicted to make the biggest impact among one-player acquisitions with 70.0% of the votes. Steve Nash, also of the L.A. Lakers, came in second with 20.0%.

What was the most underrated player acquisition?

Andre Iguodala of the Denver Nuggets was considered the most underrated player acquisition, receiving 16.7% of the votes. Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, both of the Boston Celtics, tied for second place with 13.3% each.

Which team will be most improved in 2012-13?

Brooklyn was predicted to be the most improved team in the 2012-13 season with 62.1% of the votes. The L.A. Lakers and Minnesota tied for second place with 10.3%, and New Orleans received 6.9% of the votes.

What was the most surprising move of the offseason?

The most surprising move of the offseason was Steve Nash joining the L.A. Lakers, according to 39.3% of the GMs. The Bynum/Howard/Iguodala trade received 17.9% of the votes, while the Knicks not matching Jeremy Lin’s offer and Ray Allen joining Miami tied for third place with 14.3% each.

Rookies & International

Let’s take a look at the predictions made for the rookies and international players.

Who will win the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year?

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets was the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award with 76.7% of the votes. Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers came in second with 20.0%.

Which rookie will be the best player in five years?

According to the GMs, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets would be the best player in five years with 86.7% of the votes. Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards came in second with 6.7%.

Which rookie is the most athletic?

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets was considered the most athletic rookie with 40.0% of the votes. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats came in second with 16.7%.

Which rookie is most likely to be a “sleeper” success?

The GMs believed that Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics would be the “sleeper” success with 17.2% of the votes. Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson, both of the Orlando Magic, tied for second place with 13.8% each.

Who is the best international player in the NBA?

The best international player in the NBA, according to the GMs, was Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks with 72.4% of the votes. Pau Gasol of the L.A. Lakers came in second with 10.3%.

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Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season?

Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors was predicted to have a breakout season with 17.2% of the votes. Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic, also of the Timberwolves, tied for second place with 13.8% each.

Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?

Juan Carlos Navarro was believed to be the best international player not in the NBA with 34.6% of the votes. Nikola Mirotic came in second with 11.5%.

Defense

Let’s now shift our focus to the defensive side of the game and see who the GMs believed were the best defenders in the NBA.

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?

Dwight Howard of the L.A. Lakers was voted as the best defensive player in the NBA with 60.0% of the votes. LeBron James of the Miami Heat came in second with 16.7%.

Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?

Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies was chosen as the best perimeter defender in the NBA with 33.3% of the votes. LeBron James of the Miami Heat came in second with 26.7%.

Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?

Dwight Howard of the L.A. Lakers was considered the best interior defender in the NBA with 66.7% of the votes. Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder came in second with 16.7%.

Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?

The Chicago Bulls were voted as the best defensive team in the NBA with 40.0% of the votes. Miami came in second with 26.7%, and Boston received 23.3% of the votes.

Coaches

Lastly, let’s take a look at the predictions made for the coaches.

Who is the best head coach in the NBA?

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was voted as the best head coach in the NBA with 80.0% of the votes. Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics came in second with 13.3%.

Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?

Once again, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was chosen as the best manager/motivator of people with 60.0% of the votes. Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics came in second with 40.0%.

Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was believed to make the best in-game adjustments with 40.0% of the votes. Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks came in second with 20.0%.

Which head coach runs the best offense?

George Karl of the Denver Nuggets was voted as the head coach who runs the best offense with 31.0% of the votes. Rick Adelman of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs tied for second place with 27.6%.

Which head coach has the best defensive schemes?

Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls was chosen as the head coach with the best defensive schemes with 70.0% of the votes. Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs came in second with 10.0%.

Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?

Brian Shaw of the Indiana Pacers was voted as the best assistant coach in the NBA with 23.3% of the votes. Mike Budenholzer of the San Antonio Spurs came in second with 20.0%.

Which active player will make the best head coach someday?

Chauncey Billups of the L.A. Clippers was believed to make the best head coach someday with 20.7% of the votes. Shane Battier of the Miami Heat came in second with 17.2%.

Miscellaneous

Let’s finish off with some miscellaneous predictions made by the GMs.

Which team is the most fun to watch?

According to the GMs, Oklahoma City was the most fun team to watch with 30.0% of the votes. Miami came in second with 26.7%.

Which team has the best home-court advantage?

Oklahoma City was believed to have the best home-court advantage with 70.0% of the votes. Miami and Utah tied for second place with 10.0% each.

Which player is the most athletic?

LeBron James of the Miami Heat was voted as the most athletic player with 62.1% of the votes. Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder came in second with 20.7%.

Which player is the best pure shooter?

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat was chosen as the best pure shooter with 56.7% of the votes. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder came in second with 20.0%.

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Which player is the fastest with the ball?

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder was believed to be the fastest player with the ball with 36.7% of the votes. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls came in second with 23.3%.

Which player is best at moving without the ball?

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat was considered the best player at moving without the ball with 56.7% of the votes. Richard Hamilton of the Chicago Bulls came in second with 10.0%.

Which player is the best at getting his own shot?

Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers was chosen as the best player at getting his own shot with 40.0% of the votes. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder came in second with 30.0%.

Which player is the best offensive rebounder?

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves was believed to be the best offensive rebounder with 53.3% of the votes. Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets came in second with 16.7%.

Which player is the best passer?

Steve Nash of the L.A. Lakers was voted as the best passer with 58.6% of the votes. Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers came in second with 27.6%.

Which player is the most dangerous in the open floor?

LeBron James of the Miami Heat was believed to be the most dangerous player in the open floor with 60.0% of the votes. Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder came in second with 23.3%.

Which player is the best finisher?

LeBron James of the Miami Heat was chosen as the best finisher with 66.7% of the votes. Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat both came in second with 10.0% each.

Which player makes the most of limited natural ability?

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves was believed to make the most of limited natural ability with 34.5% of the votes. Shane Battier of the Miami Heat came in second with 10.3%.

Who is the toughest player in the NBA?

Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers was voted as the toughest player in the NBA with 26.7% of the votes. Metta World Peace, also of the L.A. Lakers, came in second with 10.0%.

Which player is the best leader?

Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers was chosen as the best leader with 27.6% of the votes. Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics came in second with 20.7%.

Which player has the best basketball IQ?

Steve Nash of the L.A. Lakers was believed to have the best basketball IQ with 27.6% of the votes. Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James of the Miami Heat, and Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers all tied for second place with 13.8% each.

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was the player most GMs would want taking a shot with the game on the line with 46.7% of the votes. Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers came in second with 40.0%.

FAQs

Q: How accurate were the predictions made by the GMs during the 2012-13 season?

A: The predictions made by the GMs were based on their expectations at the time and were not always accurate. It’s always interesting to see how things play out in reality compared to what was predicted.

Q: Can these predictions be used to determine the success of a team or player in the NBA?

A: While the predictions made by the GMs can provide some insight into the expectations for a team or player, they are not definitive indicators of success. Many factors, including injuries, coaching changes, and other unforeseen circumstances, can impact the outcome of a season.

Summary

In this article, we revisited the predictions made by NBA general managers during the 2012-13 season. We looked at their predictions for the NBA Finals winner, conference winners, division winners, MVP, and other categories. It’s always interesting to see how these predictions compare to what actually happened. Stay tuned for more NBA GM Surveys in the future!

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