The 19th annual NBA GM survey is out, so let’s recap what they all had to say in regards to the Clippers.
First off, the Clippers were voted as having the second best chance of winning an NBA championship this season. The only problem is, they finished 70% behind the Lakers, who was the clear-cut favorite with 81% of the vote. Last year, 46% picked the Clippers to be the title favorites. So, maybe it’s a good thing they’re not favored this season?
After being voted as the best small forward in the NBA last year, Kawhi Leonard came in second place to LeBron James, nabbing 25% of the vote. In addition, Leonard was also voted the best defensive player in the NBA last year, but came in third place this year with 18% of the vote.
When asked which offseason acquisition would make the biggest impact, Serge Ibaka came in third with seven percent of the vote. Chris Paul came in first place with 44%. However, Ibaka was voted as the most underrated acquisition, with the Nicholas Batum and Luke Kennard.
Former Clipper Montrezl Harrell joining the Lakers was voted as the fourth most surprising move of the offseason, with Ibaka leaving Toronto for LA a move that received votes as well.
Moving on to coaches, brand new Clippers head coach Ty Lue was voted as the third most likely coach to make an impact on their new team. Doc Rivers, who left LA to became the 76ers’ new coach, was voted second. In regards to the best assistant coach, both Kenny Atkinson and Dan Craig received votes.
For the miscellaneous category, Leonard received votes for being the toughest player in the NBA. He also received votes for being the most versatile player in the NBA.
If you’d like to check out the complete survey, click here