Like every year, the general manager of NBA have made their predictions ahead of the upcoming season.
The favorite teams to win the title are Boston Celtics e Denver Nuggets with 33% of the vote, followed by the Milwaukee Bucks with 23%. The Holiday trade – Lillard affected ratings, for 43% of gm’s it is the most surprising market transaction, Bucks and Celtics are considered the franchises that moved best in the summer and Dame is considered the new addition that will have the best impact.
In the various rankings it dominates Nikola Jokic, believed to be the favorite for the MVP award, the best player to bet on to rebuild a franchise, best center, best passer, smartest player and best non-American player. Among the coaches, he dominates Eric Spoelstra, both in absolute terms and in terms of his ability as a motivator, in terms of his ability to make adjustments along the way and in terms of his defensive schemes. The best system in their own half-court is the Boston Celtics, who also have the best defender on the perimeter (Holiday), while the top defender overall is Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek is also considered the most versatile in absolute terms and in terms of defensive versatility, second in athleticism behind Ja Morant. Many awards also for Steph Curry, seen as the athlete who requires the most adjustments from opposing teams, best point guard, best shooter, best at moving without the ball and the first player to be entrusted with a decisive shot. Among rookie dominance Victor Wembanyama: among the current rookies he will be the best in 5 years but will win the ROY “only” for half of the respondents, despite being the second athlete to bet on to rebuild a franchise. In short, everyone recognizes huge potential in him however they predict some difficulties in the immediate term. Anthony Edwards will experience his season of consecration and is listed among the elements to focus on for a rebuilding.
As for the teams, besides the aforementioned Celtics, much consideration for the defending champions, the Nuggets: most fun lineup to watch, the one with the most advantage from the home court factor and with the greatest offensive efficiency. Attention also for the Oklahoma City Thunder, franchise with the most promising core and the one that will improve the most in the upcoming season.
For NBA GMs, Mirotic is the best non-US player outside the NBA