NBA General Managers Make Their Predictions

Interesting news (for a Tuesday) at ESPN.com today, where the results of the league's survey of general managers were leaked. Although they won't officially come out until tomorrow, here are the GMs' predictions on season awards and standings:

Division champions:

  • Atlantic: Boston Celtics
  • Central: Chicago Bulls
  • Southeast: Miami Heat
  • Northwest: Utah Jazz
  • Pacific: Phoenix Suns
  • Southwest: Dallas Mavericks

Individual awards:

  • Most Valuable Player: LeBron James
  • Coach of the Year: Gregg Popovich
  • Rookie of the Year:Kevin Durant

The only thing that matters:

  • NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs

Most striking to me is their prediction that the Heat will win the Southeast. I don't think it's farfetched to say that they're the team from that division that's done the least to improve itself this offseason, and is thus in the most jeopardy of losing ground.

It's pretty funny that the Mavericks are expected to once again win their division, but falter in the playoffs. Maybe the GMs know what they're talking about after all.

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