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Unclebuck
10-30-2004, 04:36 PM
I have a question first. Has ESPN previewed the Pacers yet?



GM Survey: Offseason Moves

Oct. 25 -- In 2004-05, who will be the MVP? Rookie of the Year? Most improved team? And who's going to win it all?
NBA.com posed these questions and more to the league's general managers, and a high majority of the GM's responded to our survey.* Here's what the guys who call the shots think about the new season.




Miami Heat Which team made the best offseason moves overall?
Miami Heat 38.1%
Utah Jazz 33.3%
Orlando Magic 14.3%
Others receiving votes: Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs






Shaquille O'Neal Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?
Shaquille O'Neal, Miami 100.0%






Brent Barry What was the most underrated player acquisition?
Brent Barry, San Antonio 33.3%
Brian Cardinal, Memphis 9.5%
Steve Nash, Phoenix 9.5%
Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers 9.5%
Others receiving votes: Erick Dampier, Dallas; Al Harrington, Atlanta; Stephen Jackson, Indiana; Antawn Jamison, Washington; Jason Terry, Dallas; Nick Van Exel, Portland; Antoine Walker, Atlanta











GM Survey: Offseason Moves

Oct. 25 -- In 2004-05, who will be the MVP? Rookie of the Year? Most improved team? And who's going to win it all?
NBA.com posed these questions and more to the league's general managers, and a high majority of the GM's responded to our survey.* Here's what the guys who call the shots think about the new season.




Miami Heat Which team made the best offseason moves overall?
Miami Heat 38.1%
Utah Jazz 33.3%
Orlando Magic 14.3%
Others receiving votes: Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs






Shaquille O'Neal Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?
Shaquille O'Neal, Miami 100.0%






Brent Barry What was the most underrated player acquisition?
Brent Barry, San Antonio 33.3%
Brian Cardinal, Memphis 9.5%
Steve Nash, Phoenix 9.5%
Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers 9.5%
Others receiving votes: Erick Dampier, Dallas; Al Harrington, Atlanta; Stephen Jackson, Indiana; Antawn Jamison, Washington; Jason Terry, Dallas; Nick Van Exel, Portland; Antoine Walker, Atlanta

Unclebuck
10-30-2004, 04:38 PM
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
Jason Kidd, New Jersey 78.6%
Steve Nash, Phoenix 9.5%
Sam Cassell, Minnesota 4.8%
Stephon Marbury, New York 4.8%
Others receiving votes: Tony Parker, San Antonio






Kobe Bryant Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 100.0%






Tracy McGrady Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
Tracy McGrady, Houston 52.4%
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota 19.0%
Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento 9.5%
Others receiving votes: Ron Artest, Indiana; LeBron James, Cleveland; Andrei Kirilenko, Utah; Paul Pierce, Boston






Tim Duncan Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
Tim Duncan, San Antonio 66.7%
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota 33.3%






Shaquille O'Neal Who is the best center in the NBA?
Shaquille O'Neal, Miami 95.2%
Tim Duncan, San Antonio 4.8%

Unclebuck
10-30-2004, 04:38 PM
Which team will be the most fun to watch in '04-05?
Denver Nuggets 23.8%
Memphis Grizzlies 19.0%
Phoenix Suns 14.3%
Dallas Mavericks 14.3%
Detroit Pistons 9.5%
Sacramento Kings 9.5%
Others receiving votes: Miami Heat, Utah Jazz






LeBron James Which player is the most athletic?
LeBron James, Cleveland 33.3%
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 19.0%
Kenyon Martin, Denver 9.5%
Vince Carter, Toronto 9.5%
Others receiving votes: Steve Francis, Orlando; Kevin Garnett, Minnesota; Corey Maggette, L.A. Clippers; Jason Richardson, Golden State; Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix; Gerald Wallace, Charlotte






Sacramento Kings Which team has the best home-court advantage?
Sacramento Kings 71.4%
Denver Nuggets 7.1%
Utah Jazz 7.1%
Others receiving votes: Detroit Pistons, L.A. Lakers, New York Knicks






Jason Kidd Which player is the fastest with the ball?
T.J. Ford, Milwaukee 25.0%
Jason Kidd, New Jersey 25.0%
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 10.0%
Tony Parker, San Antonio 10.0%
Others receiving votes: Earl Boykins, Denver; LeBron James, Cleveland; Stephon Marbury, New York; Yuta Tabuse, Phoenix; Jason Terry, Dallas; Jason Williams, Memphis






Miller & Hamilton Which player is best at moving without the ball?
Richard Hamilton, Detroit 45.0%
Reggie Miller, Indiana 30.0%
Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento 10.0%
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah 10.0%
Wally Szczerbiak, Minnesota 5.0%

Unclebuck
10-30-2004, 04:39 PM
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2004-05?
Al Harrington, Atlanta 36.8%
Yao Ming, Houston 10.5%
Dwyane Wade 10.5%
Others receiving votes: Jonathan Bender, Indiana; Chris Bosh, Toronto; Marcus Camby, Denver; Jamal Crawford, New York; Eddy Curry, Chicago; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio; Willie Green, Philadelphia; Brian Scalabrine, New Jersey






Phoenix & Orlando Which team will be most improved in 2004-05?
Orlando Magic 31.0%
Phoenix Suns 31.0%
Miami Heat 14.3%
Others receiving votes: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, L.A. Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards






Josh Smith Which rookie is most likely to be a "sleeper" success?
Josh Smith, Atlanta 15.8%
Luke Jackson, Cleveland 10.5%
Al Jefferson, Boston 10.5%
Shaun Livingston, L.A. Clippers 10.5%
J.R. Smith, New Orleans 10.5%
Others receiving votes: Tony Allen, Boston; Josh Childress, Atlanta; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia; Kevin Martin, Sacramento; Jameer Nelson, Orlando; Sasha Vujacic, L.A. Lakers; Delonte West, Boston; Dorell Wright, Miami






Mehmet Okur Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2004-05?
Mehmet Okur, Detroit 14.3%
Mickael Pietrus, Golden State 14.3%
Primoz Brezec, Charlotte 9.5%
Pau Gasol, Memphis 9.5%
Nene, Denver 9.5%
Andres Nocioni, Chicago 9.5%
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 7.1%
Yao Ming, Houston 7.1%
Others receiving votes: Carlos Arroyo, Utah; Boris Diaw, Atlanta; Gordan Giricek, Utah; Tony Parker, San Antonio; Darius Songaila, Sacramento







RESULTS & SCHEDULE

Oct. 25: Offseason moves

Oct. 25: Position-by-position

Oct. 26: Fun to watch, skills

Oct. 27: Breakout teams, players

Oct. 28: International

Oct. 29: Defense, toughness

Oct. 30: Coaches

Nov. 1: Rookies

Nov. 2: Eastern Conference

Nov. 3: Western Conference

Nov. 4: MVP

Nov. 5: Championship

FAN SURVEY






Which team will be the most improved in 2004-05?
Cleveland Cavaliers
Houston Rockets
L.A. Clippers
Miami Heat
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Washington Wizards
Other

Anthem
10-30-2004, 05:36 PM
How could you vote for Okur over Brezec?

Kstat
10-30-2004, 05:41 PM
How could you vote for Okur over Brezec?

Because in Utah's offensive system, Okur will get all the shots he wants......

Anthem
10-31-2004, 12:42 AM
Whereas Brezec will be limited by the plethora of scoring options in Charlotte's lineup... :devil:

Kstat
10-31-2004, 12:50 AM
Whereas Brezec will be limited by the plethora of scoring options in Charlotte's lineup... :devil:

No, but Charlotte isn't going to be a high-octane attack like Utah will. Okur is going to have a lot more open looks than Primoz will.

Kegboy
10-31-2004, 01:46 AM
I will be shocked beyond all measure if Okur puts up better numbers than Primoz. Not with Boozer taking all the shots inside.
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Asked afterward if O'Neal's absence contributed to Charlotte's win, Knight bristled.

"What about Primoz? They didn't have Shaq, but we didn't have Primoz," he said.