Pressroom GM Survey Predicts First Ever Championship for Cavaliers & LeBron James to Win 5th Kia MVP Award

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Tabbed as the Player Majority of GMs Would Start a Franchise with Today


NBA general managers predict the Cleveland Cavaliers (53.6% of the vote) will capture their first ever NBA title, based on the results of this year’s GM survey. Cleveland’s four-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James received 39.3% of the MVP votes by the league’s general managers. New Orleans Pelicans center/forward Anthony Davis (25%) finished second in the MVP voting, followed by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (10.7%) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (10.7%), then Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (7.1%) and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (7.1%).

Davis received an overwhelming 86.2% of the votes from general managers for player they would want to start a franchise with today. Additionally, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was tabbed the league’s top defender (27.6%) while San Antonio’s three-time NBA Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich received 93.1% of the votes for the league’s best coach.

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor received 44.8% for Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, while fellow first-year center, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns (62.1%), was projected to be the 2015 NBA Draft’s best player five years from now. 

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (62.1%) was named the league’s top international player, only the second time – also San Antonio guard Tony Parker in 2013-14 – that someone other than Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has held that distinction. 

Top honors from’s 14th GM survey also include the Thunder (25%) as the top vote getter for most improved team, Alvin Gentry (32.1%) topping Billy Donovan (28.6%) as the new or relocated coach who will make the biggest impact this season, Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (20.7%) as the league’s best role player and Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins (17.2%) as a breakout player for 2015-16.

Additional noteworthy 2015-16 GM Survey results include: 

  • Stephen Curry, Golden State – Best Point Guard (55.2%)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio – Most Impactful Free Agent Acquisition (79.3%)
  • Marc Gasol, MemphisBest Interior Defender (27.6%)
  • Ron Adams, Golden State Best Assistant Coach (24.1%)
  • Justise Winslow, Miami – Biggest Draft Steal (31.0%) once again surveyed the league’s general managers to gather their responses on the best teams, players, coaches, offseason moves and more prior to the 2015-16 NBA season. The general managers were not allowed to vote for their own team or personnel. The complete results of the survey, compiled by reporter John Schuhmann, are available at

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