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NBA 2019-20 GM Survey is Out: Who is the Likely MVP?

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has already released its annual GM survey. It asked the NBA teams’ executives about the 2019-20 season MVP, champion, and best players, among others.

As NBA disclaimed, the GMs are the decision-makers of the franchise and answers to the survey is their best guesses. The GMs are not allowed to vote for their teams and players. Percentages are based on the total number of GMs who responded to a specific question, not for all the 30 GMs.

NBA Finals Champion

Los Angeles Clippers (46%) was predicted to be this season’s champion. It was followed by Milwaukee Bucks (36%) and Los Angeles Lakers (11%) which are also ranked #1 team in the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively.

The results are distributed. In the last season, the Golden State Warriors received 87% of the vote. The team still received votes this year, though, along with Portland Trailblazers.

Interestingly, Toronto Raptors, which did not appear in the results, won the 2018-19 NBA Finals championship.

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About 52% of the respondents chose Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, who won last year’s MVP award. The majority of the GMs is apparently impressed of his previous season’s performance.

The disparity among the next choices is pretty wide, at 10%. Three names emerged: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), and Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers).

The last year’s choice was LeBron James with 30%.

Speaking of last year’s survey results, when asked the GMs if they were to start a franchise who would they choose to start it, Antetokounmpo was also the runaway winner. He received 30% of the vote last year and a whopping 86% this year.

Rookie of the Year

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans, the no. 1 overall draft pick, was chosen to be most likely Rookie of the Year awardee at 68%. He also deemed as the most athletic among the players today. The GMs also highlight that in five years, Williamson would be the NBA’s best player.

Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) and Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers) also received 29% and 4% of the votes, respectively.

Luca Doncic was predicted to receive the award in the last year’s survey with 43% of the total votes. Doncic was indeed awarded as the Rookie of the Year.

Best Overall Offseason Move

The Los Angeles Clippers (82%) was voted to have made the best move of the offseason. This is in part of the acquisition that is expected to make the biggest impact, referring to Leonard’s transfer from Toronto Raptors to the Clippers (67%). 

Other survey results are below.

Best Point Guard: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Shooting Guard: James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Best Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Power Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Best Center: Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Best Defensive Player: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Perimeter Defender: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Interior Defender: Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)

Most Versatile Defender: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

Best Defensive Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Best Head Coach: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)

Breakout Player: De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)

Most Fun to Watch: Denver Nuggets

Best Pure Shooter: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Passer: LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

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3 Major Records that LeBron James are About to Break this Season

The 2019-20 NBA season hasn’t started yet, but LeBron James has already created a buzz. It seems that people can never get enough of James—and we should never either.

Just last season in a game versus Denver Nuggets, he surpassed Michael Jordan’s record in the all-time scoring list. However, he still needs 6,077 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record of 38,387 points.

Hats off to one of the GOATs that the fans have seen throughout the years because this year James will surely break tons of records on his 17th season in the league. 

He is expected to play for as long as he possibly can, although the average retirement age of NBA players is 34 or 35 years old. The age of 40 is the final benchmark.

Here’s a roundup based on conservative guesstimates.

1) James as the 4th all-time highest points

James is in the third spot in the list of career scoring leaders. Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar are still ahead of him.

To grab Bryant’s spot, he needs to score 1,100 points this season. A team would play up to 82 games, and James averages 13 points per game. If he played at all games and score 13 points for each, he would have 1,066 points.

More or less, he would break this record. However, he would have to play six to eight seasons more to grab the second and first spots, respectively. 

He must stay physically fit as well if he wants to do so. This one’s a stumbling block considering the four-time MVP’s age and evident physical decline that sceptics say started last season.

2) James as the 5th all-time highest field goals

James has to surpass Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar. He recently surpassed Bryant.

He has 11,838. So if he scored the 1,066 points in the 2019-20 NBA season, he would end up as the third-highest field goal scorer in history. Jordan has 12,192 while Chamberlain, 12,681.

He would beat Malone’s record, which is currently at 13,528, in the next season, 2020-21. After that, he still needs two more seasons to be #1.

3) James as the 8th all-time highest three points

While James is not a three-pointer, he managed to land at 8th place behind Bryant, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Reggie Miller, and Ray Allen.

James per game average is three three-point shots, and his three-point shooting percentage is not that great, at 34.3%. It means he was making 738 points from his three-points per season or 246 baskets in total.

With this, he must make 33 three-point baskets to eclipse Bryant, 83 for Johson, 85 for Nowitzki, 138 for Pierce, and 167 for Carter to land the third position. This may happen this season if he would deliver on his current averages or even more.

In the next season, he might be the #1 all-time highest three-point shooter if he would make 277 and 415 baskets to outdo Miller and Allen, respectively.

 

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The 6 Most Shocking NBA Trades and Signings in the Last 10 Years

True to any basketball game, the NBA has full of surprises. Changes that leave die-hard fans scratching their head for pure disbelief or jump out of their seats.

While trading and free agency signings are nothing new, the news of who changes what are still the biggest bombs the fans and basketball spectators need to contend with. 

Most surprising moves in the NBA world over the last 10 years.

1) LeBron James Left Cleveland Cavaliers to Join Miami Heat (2010 NBA Season)

James started it all when he ‘decided’ to join Miami Heat. His goal was to bring a championship to Cleveland, creating superteams with Chris Bosch and Dwayne Wade with them. Granted.

However, the drama involved was too much for the fans to take in when he was only heating up with Cleveland Cavaliers. James said it was a free agent decision, but was actually a trade he initiated.

2) Carmelo Anthony traded from Denver Nuggets to New York Knicks (2011 NBA Season)

A blockbuster trade that had the experts rolling, Anthony wanted to be with the Nuggets. However, talks about possible extensions failed. He was traded to the Knicks. 

Anthony upped his game with three-point shooting MVP-like efforts, but to no avail. Indiana Pacers robbed them as early as the second round. Still, New York Knicks appeared in three playoffs with Melo on the lead. Melo, along with Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire, made up the “Big 3.”

3) Dwight Howard left Orlando Magic for Los Angeles Lakers (2012 NBA Season)

Howard is one of the big men in the NBA. He was expected to go somewhere (with speculations brewing as early as 12 months back), likely the Lakers whose men beat his team up in the finals leading to the trade. Howard’s other choices then were Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks.

It was his wish to be traded from Magic, which was in the process of rebuilding the franchise but without the NBA’s best centre at the time. 

4) James Harden left Oklahoma City Thunder to join Houston Rockets (2013 NBA Season)

In 2012, Oklahoma City Thunder was poised to become the next NBA champion with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. Still, Harden was traded off despite being the 6th Man of the Year. His valuable scoring was overshadowed by the high luxury tax to resign him. An extension was discussed but did not materialise. 

Houston Rockets benefited from the trade, experiencing its first Finals, thanks to Harden and the rest of the team. Harden became a restricted free agent in the 2014 season. 

5) Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City Thunder for Golden State Warriors (2016 NBA Season)

Keen on an NBA championship that never came his way, Durant moved to the Golden State Warriors.

The 2017 NBA Finals proved to be a fruitful trade. Durant never came close to the finals despite winning four scoring titles and being the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) once. With the Warriors, his talent and potential could be appreciated more, than with the Thunder.

6) Kawhi Leonard left San Antonio Spurs to join Toronto Raptors (2018 NBA Season)

Another dramatic trade, Leonard, plagued with injuries in the previous season, requested for the said trade. Toronto Raptors took a risk and signed him in.

Both teams have been talking about the trade for months before its conclusion, noting that Leonard was a ‘very tough sell’ because he is. He was the previous seasons Finals MVP winner aside from being a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Leonard became a free agent in 2019.

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