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GMs Pick Spurs

By Daniel Strickland on October 27, 2006.

For what its worth, the NBA has posted results of its annual preseason GM survey. Here is all you need to know.

Which team will win NBA Finals 2007? San Antonio 43% Dallas Mavericks 29% Miami Heat 14% Others receiving votes: Minnesota, Phoenix, Orlando

Which team will win the Western Conference? San Antonio Spurs 50% Dallas Mavericks 39% Other receiving votes: Phoenix, Minnesota

Which team will win the Southwest Division? Dallas Mavericks 57% San Antonio Spurs 43%

Who will win the 2006-07 MVP? LeBron James 39% Dwyane Wade 29% Dirk Nowitzki 18% Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be? LeBron James 71% Dwyane Wade 11% Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments? Shaquille O’Neal 43% Kobe Bryant 21% LeBron James 11% Dirk Nowitzki 11% Others receiving votes: Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Dwyane Wade

Who is the best power forward in the NBA? Tim Duncan 57% Dirk Nowitzki 25% Kevin Garnett 14% Amare Stoudemire 4%

Who is the best center in the NBA? Shaquille O’Neal 75% Tim Duncan 18% Others receiving votes: Dwight Howard, Yao Ming

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA? Ben Wallace 32% Ron Artest 29% Bruce Bowen 25% Kobe Bryant 11% Alonzo Mourning 4%

Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA? Bruce Bowen 39% Ron Artest 25% Kobe Bryant 25% Raja Bell 11% Others receiving votes: Andrei Kirilenko, Ruben Patterson, Tayshaun Prince, Earl Watson

Who is the best interior defender in the NBA? Ben Wallace 64% Tim Duncan 18% Alonzo Mourning 7% Others receiving votes: Andrei Kirilenko, Shaquille O’Neal, Darko Milicic

Who is the best international player in the NBA? Dirk Nowitzki 89% Steve Nash 7% Manu Ginobili 4%

Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA? Theodoros Papaloukas 38% Juan Carlos Navarro 17% Luis Scola 17% Tiago Splitter 13% Others receiving votes: Marco Belinelli, Rudy Fernandez, Robertas Javtokas, Ricky Rubio

Who is the best head coach in the NBA? Pat Riley 44% Gregg Popovich 26% Phil Jackson 19% Others receiving votes: Scott Skiles, Jerry Sloan

Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people? Pat Riley 50% Avery Johnson 23% Phil Jackson 15% Others receiving votes: Mike D’Antoni, Gregg Popovich

Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments? Gregg Popovich 23% Pat Riley 23% Scott Skiles 15% Others receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Mike D’Antoni, Phil Jackson, George Karl, Don Nelson, Jerry Sloan, Jeff Van Gundy

Which head coach is the best in the last two minutes of a close game? Pat Riley 31% Gregg Popovich 15% Phil Jackson 12% Others receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Mike D’Antoni, Mike Fratello, George Karl, Don Nelson, Doc Rivers, Scott Skiles, Jerry Sloan, Jeff Van Gundy

Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA? Del Harris 23% Mark Iavaroni 19% Phil Johnson 15% Others receiving votes: P.J. Carlesimo, Larry Drew, Tim Grgurich, Terry Porter, Ron Rothstein, Eric Spoelstra, Tom Thibodeaux, Tex Winter, Randy Wittman

Which team will be the most fun to watch? Phoenix Suns 74% Dallas Mavericks 7% Golden State Warriors 7% Others receiving votes: New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs

Which team has the best home-court advantage? Sacramento Kings 37% Detroit Pistons 26% Dallas Mavericks 11% Others receiving votes: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New Orleans/ Oklahoma City Hornets, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz

Which player is the fastest with the ball? Allen Iverson 22% Tony Parker 15% Leandro Barbosa 11% T.J. Ford 11% Steve Nash 11% Chris Paul 11% Others receiving votes: Gilbert Arenas, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd

Which player is best at moving without the ball? Richard Hamilton 63% Peja Stojakovic 22% Others receiving votes: Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobili, Shawn Marion

Which player is the best offensive rebounder? Ben Wallace 33% Jeff Foster 15% Dwight Howard 15% Others receiving votes: Elton Brand, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Marion, Zaza Pachulia, Josh Smith, Anderson Varejao

Who is the best finisher? LeBron James 30% Dwyane Wade 30% Kobe Bryant 15% Others receiving votes: Gilbert Arenas, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephon Marbury, Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire

Which player does the most with least? Steve Nash 15% Ben Wallace 15% Bruce Bowen 8% Brad Miller 8% Andres Nocioni 8% Others receiving votes: Mike Bibby, Chauncey Billups, Earl Boykins, Brian Cardinal, Sam Cassell, Adrian Griffin, Udonis Haslem, Kirk Hinrich, Eduardo Najera, Jameer Nelson, Bo Outlaw, Tayshaun Prince, Darius Songalia

Which player is the best leader? Steve Nash 41% Shaquille O’Neal 19% Jason Kidd 15% Others receiving votes: Chauncey Billups, Sam Cassell, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

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