GMs say Harden is League’s Best Shooting Guard

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James HardenKobe BryantThe general managers have spoken, and boy — they’ve said a mouthful.

For the first time in the 12-year history of the NBA.com survey, the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (20%) was not selected by GMs as the best player at his position, as the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (56.7%) was selected as the best shooting guard in the NBA.

NBA.com once again surveyed the general managers of all 30 teams on the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season, gathering their responses on the best teams, players, coaches, fans, offseason moves and more.

Other top honors included Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (80%) as the top vote-getter for the NBA Rookie of the Year, the Chicago Bulls (43.3%) as the top defensive team, and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (53.3%) as the league’s best international player.

This year, 75.9 percent of GMs believe Miami will win the title.

GMs have correctly picked The Finals winner six out of the previous 11 years, including last year’s prediction of the Heat winning it all. This year, the other top votegetters for NBA champion were the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs, both tied for second with 6.9 percent of votes.

The complete results of the survey are available at NBA.com. The general managers were not allowed to vote for their own team or personnel.

Noteworthy 2013-14 NBA.com GM Survey results include:

· Miami Heat – NBA Champion (75.9% of the vote)

· LeBron James, Miami – Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (69%)

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando – Kia NBA Rookie of the Year (80%)

· Detroit Pistons – Most Improved Team (16.7%)

· Chicago – Best Defensive Team (43.3%)

· Nets-Celtics trade / Andre Iguodala to Golden State – Most Surprising Offseason Move (21.4%)

· Tony Parker, San Antonio – Best International Player (53.3%)

· Chauncey Billups, Detroit – Active player who would make the best head coach (32.1%)

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