How Did the Miami Heat Stack Up in NBA’s GM Survey?
Where Do the Heat Rank According to the GMs?
Many times in the NBA an anonymous poll can be a double-edged sword. Some people use it to vent their hatred while others use it to tell their truths. However, whenever NBA.com gets the general managers together for their GM Survey, they seem to keep things pretty honest which worked out great for the Miami Heat.
Now before you assume that the 12th annual survey had some sort of funny hitch, it didn’t. General managers were not able to vote for their own teams, players, coaches or personnel. But what they could do was give their opinions on everyone else’s defense, offseason moves, rookies, etc.
They also handed down their predictions for the 2013-14 season. And one thing that was pretty close to being unanimous was that -- once again -- most of the 30 GMs felt like the team from South Beach should be nothing but dominant. Especially when it came to LeBron James and the Heat’s chase for another title.
That's regardless of what Steve Kerr had to say.
"So if I had to predict, I would say there's a pretty good chance they don't make it this year," said TNT analyst, "and then there's a pretty good chance they turn around and win a title the following year." (USA Today)
While Kerr believes that the Chicago Bulls can knock off the Heat, 75.9 percent of the GMs agree that Miami will likely be going for the repeat -- 5.9 percent more than last season.
With that in mind we created ten slides to show where the men who make the rosters ranked the Heat.
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Again, the Miami Heat were predicted to steamroll their way through the NBA Finals (75.9%), the Eastern Conference (86.2%) and the Southeast Division (100%).
The Reigning King
NBA GMs also held LeBron James in high regard by choosing him as the 2013-14 MVP (69.9%) -- as well as the No.1 guy to start a franchise behind (89.7%) and the player who forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments (66.7%).
Another repeat from last year.
D-Wade Ranks Low
Add the No. 6 shooting guard rating (3.3%) to Dwyane Wade’s list of this season's motivation.
On the other hand, LeBron was back at the top amongst small forwards with 86.7% and third amongst power forwards with 13.8%. Chris Bosh was basically an honorable mention.
Defense Wins Championships
“This year, it would be great to see him [LeBron James] be acknowledged for the defensive work that he does,” coach Erik Spoelstra said at Miami Heat media day. “There’s no one else in the league that can do what he does. He’s been banging on that door, getting close. I don’t want it to be a campaign. It has to be earned. But he has that type of potential to be Defensive Player of the Year.”
While Miami ranked third amongst the best defensive teams in the league (10.0%), the GMs agreed that James is knocking on the Defensive Player of the Year door.
He came in No. 2 behind Houston’s Dwight Howard for the best overall defender in the league, and No. 2 to Memphis’ Tony Allen for his defense on the perimeter.
Little Love For Erik Spoelstra
As far as coaching polls go, Coach Spo's head coaching and motivation skills brought home bronze while his offense was one off from medaling.
He also pulled in honorable mentions for his in-game adjustments and defensive schemes.
Shane Battier followed the No. 3 coaching theme, with his placement as the active player who would make the best head coach someday.
Maybe They Aren’t So Bad
For all the criticism that the Miami Heat fans receive, they came in fourth for the best home-court advantage.
According to general managers LeBron James is the most athletic, best finishing, most dangerous player in the open court.
To their credit, the GMs also acknowledged James for his top three basketball IQ.
Simply One of The Best
Ray Allen moved to second on the best pure shooters list -- behind Stephen Curry -- but held on to his spot as the best player moving without the ball.
One Shot Deal
Both Ray Allen and LeBron James (3rd) earned their spots as the player who GMs would want taking the final shot with the game on the line.