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NBA GM POLL

Here are the results of some more of the 50 questions posed to NBA general managers:

Which player is best at moving without the ball?

1. Klay Thompson, Warriors (43%)

2. J.J. Redick, Pelicans (25%)

3. Stephen Curry, Warriors (25%)

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

1. Stephen Curry, Warriors (44%)

2 (tie). Kevin Durant, Nets (11%)

2 (tie). Klay Thompson, Warriors (11%)

2 (tie). Damian Lillard, Blazers (11%)

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?

1. James Harden, Rockets (48%)

2 (tie). Stephen Curry, Warriors (17%)

2 (tie). LeBron James, Lakers (17%)

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers (45%)

2. Rudy Gobert, Jazz (28%)

3. Draymond Green, Warriors (10%)

Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?

1. Gregg Popovich, Spurs (41%)

2. Doc Rivers, Clippers (31%)

3. Steve Kerr, Warriors (17%)

Which team is the most fun to watch?

1. Nuggets (31%)

2. Pelicans (21%)

3. Warriors (17%)

Which team has the best home-court advantage?

1. Nuggets (38%)

2 (tie). Warriors (24%)

2 (tie). Jazz (24%)

Which player is the best pure shooter?

1. Stephen Curry, Warriors (86%)

2. Klay Thompson, Warriors (11%)

3. J.J. Redick, Pelicans (4%)

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?

1. James Harden, Rockets (86%)

2. Paul George, Clippers (7%)

3 (tie). Klay Thompson, Warriors (3%)

3 (tie). Jimmy Butler, Heat (3%)

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers (62%)

2. LeBron James, Lakers (24%)

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (14%)

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (59%)

2. Anthony Davis, Lakers (28%)

3. LeBron James, Lakers (10%)

Who is the best center in the NBA?

1. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (48%)

2. Joel Embiid, 76ers (38%)

3. Anthony Davis, Lakers (17%)

NBA general managers may not think the Warriors are a real threat to win a championship this season, but they’re still big believers in Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

The league’s top decision-makers are calling Curry the best point guard and best pure shooter, while Green was named the most versatile defender and the NBA’s second-toughest player.

With Kevin Durant gone and no Klay Thompson for at least half the season, like many fans and league observers, the men actually running NBA teams don’t see Golden State as a title threat. NBA.com’s annual GM survey shows the Warriors as just the sixth-best team in the Western Conference, and there’s only one GM who’s predicting the Warriors as champions.

And, no, Bob Myers of the Warriors wasn’t the one casting a vote for his team, since GMs were not allowed to vote for their own team in the anonymous survey released Thursday.

The Los Angeles Clippers, with the additions of superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, are the favorites to win their first NBA title. The Clippers received 46% of the vote and the Milwaukee Bucks were next at 36%. The LeBron James-Anthony Davis Lakers duo has made title believers out of just 11% of the GMs surveyed.

Last year, the Warriors were the overwhelming title favorites with 87% of the vote.

Curry received all but three of the 29 votes for top point guard — ahead of Damian Lillard and James — and tied Leonard and Davis as runners-up to the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP favorite.

Oakland native Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was voted the best leader among players, edging Curry 41% to 38%.

Only Steven Adams of the Thunder is tougher than Green, according to GMs, who also gave Green 38% of the vote for most versatile defender — ahead of Leonard (31%) and Antetokounmpo (21%).

Meanwhile, Warriors coach Steve Kerr received two votes to finish in fourth place behind the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich (55%), the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra (17%) and the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer (10%) for best head coach in the NBA.

But Kerr was the winner in the “Which head coach runs the best offense?” query, garnering 38% of the vote — Budenholzer, the Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni and the Blazers’ Terry Stotts tied for second with 14% each.

NBA GM POLL

Here are the results of some more of the 50 questions posed to NBA general managers:

Which player is best at moving without the ball?

1. Klay Thompson, Warriors (43%)

2. J.J. Redick, Pelicans (25%)

3. Stephen Curry, Warriors (25%)

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

1. Stephen Curry, Warriors (44%)

2 (tie). Kevin Durant, Nets (11%)

2 (tie). Klay Thompson, Warriors (11%)

2 (tie). Damian Lillard, Blazers (11%)

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?

1. James Harden, Rockets (48%)

2 (tie). Stephen Curry, Warriors (17%)

2 (tie). LeBron James, Lakers (17%)

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers (45%)

2. Rudy Gobert, Jazz (28%)

3. Draymond Green, Warriors (10%)

Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?

1. Gregg Popovich, Spurs (41%)

2. Doc Rivers, Clippers (31%)

3. Steve Kerr, Warriors (17%)

Which team is the most fun to watch?

1. Nuggets (31%)

2. Pelicans (21%)

3. Warriors (17%)

Which team has the best home-court advantage?

1. Nuggets (38%)

2 (tie). Warriors (24%)

2 (tie). Jazz (24%)

Which player is the best pure shooter?

1. Stephen Curry, Warriors (86%)

2. Klay Thompson, Warriors (11%)

3. J.J. Redick, Pelicans (4%)

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?

1. James Harden, Rockets (86%)

2. Paul George, Clippers (7%)

3 (tie). Klay Thompson, Warriors (3%)

3 (tie). Jimmy Butler, Heat (3%)

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?

1. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers (62%)

2. LeBron James, Lakers (24%)

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (14%)

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (59%)

2. Anthony Davis, Lakers (28%)

3. LeBron James, Lakers (10%)

Who is the best center in the NBA?

1. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (48%)

2. Joel Embiid, 76ers (38%)

3. Anthony Davis, Lakers (17%)

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