NBA.com released the results of its annual survey of all 30 general managers, and to no one’s surprise, the defending champion Golden State Warriors were everyone’s pick to win it again.
OK, not everyone — but the Warriors did receive a whopping 93 percent (or 28 of 30) of the vote.
In other news:
1. More than half of the GMs selected Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James as Most Valuable Player.
2. Players who GMs would want to start their teams around, in order: Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns, Milwaukee swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo and James.
3. The Oklahoma City Thunder won the offseason after trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, according to GMs. George is expected to make the biggest impact with a new team (59 percent), following Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler (17 percent), Houston’s Chris Paul (10) and Boston’s Kyrie Irving (7).
4. The Celtics (25 percent) finished second to the Thunder (43) as teams that made the best offseason moves.
5. The Timberwolves easily won Most Improved Team honors, with 69 percent of the vote.
6. Not surprisingly, Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, ever the media darling, received 62 percent of the vote to win Rookie of the Year.
7. Finally, most underrated addition winners were Denver’s Paul Millsap (24 percent) and Detroit’s Avery Bradley (17 percent).