The NBA released the results of its annual NBA GM survey today, in which the league asks its 30 general managers 57 individual questions about the NBA. The Brooklyn Nets came up as answers to those 57 questions twelve times, most notably as the NBA’s most improved team: 18 of 29 GM’s (one didn’t answer) picked the Nets as the team to improve the most after last season.
Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King was not allowed to vote for the Nets, so all votes came from around the league.
Other places the Nets showed up, along with the leaders in those categories:
- Four GMs picked the Nets to win the Atlantic Division, tied with the Knicks (20 picked the Boston Celtics).
- Two GMs picked the Nets as the team that made the best moves this offseason (25 picked the Los Angeles Lakers).
- One GM each picked Deron Williams and Joe Johnson as the one player acquisition will make the biggest impact (27 picked Dwight Howard).
- Three GMs picked the Joe Johnson trade as the most surprising move of the offseason (11 picked Steve Nash to the Lakers).
- Two GMs picked Mirza Teletovic as the international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2012-13 (Five picked Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas).
- One GM each picked Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries as the league’s best offensive rebounder (16 picked Kevin Love).
- Two GMs picked Deron Williams as the best passer in the league (17 picked Steve Nash).
- One GM picked half-black but melanin-minimized Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries as the “player who does the most with the most limited natural ability,” a.k.a. “NBA’s Best White Guy Award.” (10 picked Kevin Love).
- Two GMs picked Reggie Evans as the toughest player in the NBA (eight picked Kobe Bryant).