Spurs Prominent in NBA GM Survey
The GMs named Popovich the league’s best coach, ahead of Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan. They also cited him as the coach who makes the best in-game adjustments and the coach who is best in the final two minutes of a close game and the coach with the best defensive schemes.
Tim Duncan was named the league’s top power forward and the third-best center.
Bruce Bowen was named the best perimeter defender.
The GMs predicted the Lakers will win the NBA title. Next, in order, were the Celtics, Hornets and Spurs and Rockets, who tied for fourth.
In addition, Mike Budenholzer got votes for best assistant coach. Jacque Vaughn and Kurt Thomas received votes to make the best head coach someday. Goran Dragic, whom you may recall the Spurs drafted 45th then traded to the Suns, received votes for most athletic rookie and international rookie most ready to contribute this season. Tiago Splitter was cited as one of the best international player NOT in the NBA.
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