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NBA brass fires up air balls in assessment of upcoming season


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The NBA recently released its annual general managers’ survey on a number of topics. While they might have the inside scoop, the GMs erred in the voting and their predictions in some instances.

When asked who they would choose to start their franchise, they managed to leave out Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons. Simmons has the best chance to be the next big thing in the NBA. Not only is he a star on the offensive side, but on defense. He was third among all guards in defensive rating, according to Fox Sports.

Another situation where the GMs overlooked a player was in voting on who had the best chance to be MVP. They left out Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. Porzingis missed most of last year with an injury. Before going down, he was a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball, especially offense. Kristaps is 7-foot-3 and can rain from deep. Look for him to be in the MVP conversation this season.

Lastly, the GMs made their most blatant mistake when they voted on the point guard position and left out Portland’s Damian Lillard. Lillard, who earned first-team All-NBA honors last season, did not make the list, while James Harden, shooting guard for the Rockets, did.

While the GMs made some mistakes in their assessments in my view, we also have many agreements. Here are my rankings of several of the categories examined by the GMs:



  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Philadelphia 76ers
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Milwaukie Bucks
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Washington Wizards
  7. New York Knicks
  8. Orlando Magic


  1. Houston Rockets
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder
  6. San Antonio Spurs
  7. Portland Trail Blazers
  8. Denver Nuggets


Most Likely to Win MVP

  1. LeBron James (Lakers)
  2. Anthony Davis (Pelicans)
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
  4. Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)

Most Likely to Win Rookie of the Year

  1. Marvin Bagley III (Kings)
  2. DeAndre Ayton (Suns)
  3. Kevin Knox (Knicks)
  4. Jaren Jackson (Grizzlies)

If You Could Pick One Player, Who?

  1. Anthony Davis (Pelicans)
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
  3. Stephen Curry (Warriors)
  4. Ben Simmons (76ers)

Best Defensive Player

  1. Rudy Gobert (Jazz)
  2. Draymond Green (Warriors)
  3. Kawhi Leonard (Raptors)
  4. Anthony Davis (Pelicans)

Most Likely to Have a Breakout Year

  1. Brandon Ingram (Lakers)
  2. Gary Harris (Nuggets)
  3. Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
  4. Josh Richardson (Heat)

Best Point Guard

  1. Stephen Curry (Warriors)
  2. Chris Paul (Rockets)
  3. Damian Lillard (Blazers)
  4. Russell Westbrook (Thunder)

Best Shooting Guard

  1. James Harden (Rockets)
  2. Klay Thompson (Warriors)
  3. Paul George (Thunder)
  4. Demar Derozan (Spurs)

Best Small Forward

  1. LeBron James (Lakers)
  2. Kevin Durant (Warriors)
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
  4. Kawhi Leonard (Raptors)

Best Power Forward

  1. Anthony Davis (Pelicans)
  2. Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
  3. Draymond Green (Warriors)
  4. Blake Griffin (Pistons)

Best Center

  1. Joel Embiid (76ers)
  2. Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)
  3. Rudy Gobert (Jazz)
  4. Demarcus Cousins (Warriors)

Offseason Moves:

Which Player Move Makes the Biggest Impact

  1. LeBron James (Lakers)
  2. Demar Derozan (Spurs)
  3. DeAndre Jordan (Mavericks)
  4. Trevor Ariza (Suns)

Which Team Will be Most Improved

  1. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. Phoenix Suns
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. New York Knicks


Best Head Coach

  1. Gregg Popovich (Spurs)
  2. Brad Stevens (Celtics)
  3. Steve Kerr (Warriors)
  4. Quin Snyder (Jazz)


Best Pure Shooter

  1. Stephen Curry (Warriors)
  2. Klay Thompson (Warriors)
  3. Kyle Korver (Cavaliers)
  4. Kevin Durant (Warriors)

Best Passer

  1. Chris Paul (Rockets)
  2. LeBron James (Lakers)
  3. Ben Simmons (76ers)
  4. Rajon Rondo (Lakers)

Bench Player who makes the Biggest Impact

  1. Lou Williams (Clippers)
  2. Andre Igoudala (Warriors)
  3. Eric Gordon (Rockets)
  4. Will Barton (Nuggets)

Player Taking the Game Winning Shot

  1. Stephen Curry (Warriors)
  2. Kevin Durant (Warriors)
  3. Damian Lillard (Blazers)
  4. Kyrie Irving (Celtics)
Seth Steere
A 2014 Taft High graduate, 22-year-old Homepage sports columnist Seth Steere resides in Gresham and is the son of local day care provider Kristina Good. An all-state and all-league baseball and football player and wrestler, Steere is the brother of current Taft athlete Francisco “Fco” Ramos.


  1. I agree with most of your picks, but how can you leave Kawhi Leonard off your list of biggest offseason moves? He will make a huge impact in Toronto. Whether it will be enough for him to want to stay there after one season, we shall see.

    • The reason I left Kawhi off the list is because the Raptors won 65 games last year. Him being new to the team I don’t think they get to 65 wins next year, even 60 will be tough. Then when they make the playoffs they still have a chance to make the 2nd round, but again lose in the conference semi’s to either the 76ers or Celtics. Therefore, there regular season is not as good as it was last year and they exit the playoffs at the same time. In the future I think he is better for the Raptors than Demar, just not this year.


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