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NBA GM Survey: Lakers tipped to defend title; Giannis to win MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks has been tipped to win the Kia MVP award ahead of the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davisand Anthony

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been tipped as the favorites to win the 2020-2021 NBA after their success last season, while Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is expected to win the Kia Most Valuable player (MVP) of the new season according to GMs survey.

Lakers led by Lebron James and Anthony Davis, won the NBA last season and have been tipped to defend the title this season ahead of the likes of LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets.

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Lakers were picked by 81% of responding general managers followed by LA Clippers with 11% with the likes of Miami Heat and and Brooklyn Nets also receiving votes.

The percentage received by Lakers represents the third highest rate in the history of the survey, trailing only the Golden State Warriors in 2017-18 (93%) and 2018-19 (87%).

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Lakers have been tipped to defend their title this season.

LeBron James and his Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis, were however not picked as favorites for the Kia MVP as they as they placed third behind Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks and Luka Doncic of Dallas.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo received 32% of the vote and was only followed by Luka Doncic who had 21%. LeBron James and Anthony Davis also had 18% respectively while Kevin Durant of Brooklyn Nets had 7% and Nikola Jokic of Denver had 4%.

Giannis was also picked as the first player to be signed if one were starting an NBA franchise alongside Doncic with 43%.

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According to the NBA, the GMs responded to 33 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches and offseason moves. General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs.

NBA GM Survey 2020-2021

Below are the results from the NBA GM Survey for the 2020-2021 season.

A. PREDICTIONS

Which team will win the 2021 NBA Finals?
1. Los Angeles Lakers – 81%
2. LA Clippers – 11%
Also receiving votes: Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat
Last year: LA Clippers – 46%

B. PLAYERS

Who will win the 2020-21 Kia MVP?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 32%
2. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 21%
3. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers – 18%
LeBron James, L.A. Lakers – 18%
5. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn – 7%
6. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 4%
Last year: Giannis Antetokounmpo – 52%

If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 43%
Luka Doncic, Dallas – 43%
3. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers – 7%
> Also receiving votes: LeBron James, L.A. Lakers; Zion Williamson, New Orleans
Last year: Giannis Antetokounmpo – 86%

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
1. James Harden, Houston – 32%
2. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers – 29%
3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 11%
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 7%
Luka Doncic, Dallas – 7%
Nikola Jokic, Denver – 7%
> Also receiving votes: Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers; Damian Lillard, Portland
Last year: James Harden – 48%

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2020-21?
1. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City – 15%
Michael Porter Jr., Denver – 15%
3. De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento – 12%
4. Devin Booker, Phoenix – 8%
Zion Williamson, New Orleans – 8%
> Also receiving votes: Deandre Ayton, Phoenix; Bol Bol, Denver; Mikal Bridges, Phoenix; Luka Doncic, Dallas; Kevin Durant, Brooklyn; Gordon Hayward, Charlotte; Tyler Herro, Miami; Lauri Markkanen, Chicago; Ja Morant, Memphis; Jamal Murray, Denver; Jayson Tatum, Boston
Last year: De’Aaron Fox – 19%

Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 30%
2. Damian Lillard, Portland – 22%
3. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 19%
4. Chris Paul, Phoenix – 15%
5. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers – 11%
6. James Harden, Houston – 4%
Last year: Stephen Curry – 90%

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
1. James Harden, Houston – 68%
2. Bradley Beal, Washington – 11%
Luka Doncic, Dallas – 11%
4. Jimmy Butler, Miami – 7%
5. Devin Booker, Phoenix – 4%
Last year: James Harden – 86%

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers – 57%
2. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers – 25%
3. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn – 11%
Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Luka Doncic, Dallas
Last year: Kawhi Leonard – 62%

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 46%
2. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers – 25%
3. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers – 21%
4. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn – 7%
Last year: Giannis Antetokounmpo – 59%

Who is the best center in the NBA?
1. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 50%
2. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers – 43%
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 7%
Last year: Nikola Jokic – 48%

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 46%
2. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers – 21%
3. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers – 18%
4. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 7%
> Also receiving votes: Bam Adebayo, Miami; Jimmy Butler, Miami
Last year: Kawhi Leonard – 45%

Who is the best international player in the NBA?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee –68%
2. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 29%
3. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 4%
Last year: Giannis Antetokounmpo- 79% 

For all the results from the survey, visit the NBA website by clicking on the link. 

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