Every year, all thirty general managers vote on an assortment of topics entering the final week of the preseason. Last year, they correctly predicted the two teams that played in the NBA Finals – as well as the Rookie of the Year, and, the breakout season of James Harden. The survey contains a total of fifty-eight questions.
In this year’s edition of the survey, the Charlotte Bobcats found a player receiving votes in just one category: second overall pick, Michael Kidd-Gilchirst.
The rookie finished second in the voting of “which rookie is the most athletic” at 16.7 percent – losing to Anthony Davis (40.0 percent).
Despite being the second overall pick, MKG failed to receive a vote in the other three rookie-themed questions (Rookie of the Year, most succesfull rookie in five years, and most likely to have “sleeper” success).
Aside from the lack of respect given to Charlotte’s rookie, the team also failed to get votes in any category that show the promise of a better season – such as, which player is most likely to have a breakout season, biggest impact by a free agent signing – and the most underrated, and which team will be the most improved from last year.
After winning the least amount of games in the history of the NBA last season, the Bobcats went out and signed Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions. Both of these free agents certainly posses the potential to be featured within the GMs’ survey.
Bismack Biyombo was also slighted by the survey in two defensive categories. Biyombo was eighth in the league in blocks last season.
– Dave Hilts