The 2013-2014 NBA season is now less than a week away from starting, which means it’s time for all kinds of predictions and things of that manner. One of the most interesting sets of predictions and assessments of the league, though, is always the NBA GM Survey put together by NBA.com. It’s always interesting to see how all 30 general managers view the landscape of the league.
This year’s survey was released on Tuesday and was unsurprising at the top part of the list. There were some surprises like James Harden being voted the league’s best shooting guard by over 50 percent of the GMs in the league and Kyrie Irving getting the third most votes for who GMs would start an NBA franchise with if they could choose any player. Overall, though, the GMs were pretty fair in their assessments.
There was one area where they clearly missed the mark, though. When the general managers were asked “Which player makes the most of limited natural ability?” Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love received the most votes at 24.1 percent. Granted, that’s down from last season when he also was tops in that category with 34.5 percent of the vote, but it doesn’t change the fact that saying Love has limited natural ability is patently untrue.
If you want to look at measurable from before the 2008 NBA Draft when Love was selected fifth, he had a max vertical of 35 inches and showed pretty solid speed, as well as having nearly a seven-foot wingspan. That’s pretty solid natural ability to me. Throw in his innate ability when it comes to attacking the glass and the fact that he’s trimmed a lot of weight to improve his strength and athleticism and that’s even more “natural ability.” Let’s not even get into the fact that he’s one of the league’s most versatile scoring big men, as well.
Essentially, I don’t think these GMs realize the ability that Love has coupled with his strong work ethic and that they possibly don’t understand what the words natural ability mean. Love was also voted in the survey as the second best power forward in the league, which seems hard to accomplish if he really had “limited natural ability.” Maybe it’s just me, but Love being at the top in that category seems like a farce.