Another NBA is season fast approaching, and general managers from around the league participated in an annual survey, which consists of 49 questions that look at the best teams, players, coaches, fans and offseason moves.
During this survey, GMs were not allowed to vote for their own teams or personnel. If you are unfamiliar with this survey, not all 30 general managers are included in every question.
With that being said, the San Antonio Spurs appeared a handful of times in the results of the survey.
LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
In the vote for the NBA’s best small forward, Kawhi Leonard earned a spot behind LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder). Leonard, who was the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year, also earned the nod as the GM’s best perimeter and overall defender.
LaMarcus Aldridge was fourth among the top power forwards, receiving 3.6 percent of the votes behind Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), and LeBron.
Then at center, Tim Duncan managed a fourth-place finish behind Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) and Davis.
Now, you probably noticed there was no mention of the top point guard category, and that’s because Tony Parker did not make the list.
To me, this is baffling. Parker has proved he’s an elite point guard and can control the game from start to finish. Granted, there are times when he takes ill-advised shots and can encounter shooting slumps, but the four-time NBA champion at least deserves a vote if Mike Conley (Memphis) is getting attention, too.
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The general managers overwhelmingly said the Spurs made the best overall offseason moves, giving them 79.3 percent of the votes after acquiring the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, David West and Ray McCallum. This team is destined to compete for a title—which 25 percent of GMs said will happen—while playing for Gregg Popovich, who received 91 percent of votes as the NBA’s best coach.
Now, the Spurs surely are not focused on what the general managers think. From the front office to the players, everyone in the organization knows that no matter the role, individual awards don’t matter unless the team is raising the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the season.