NBA General Managers Like the Bucks Better Than the Sixers

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Each year, NBA.com polls the league’s 30 general managers on a wide-ranging variety of topics.

The Sixers come into the 2019-2020 campaign with championship aspirations, but the GMs don’t seem to share the same enthusiasm as fans and media.

When asked to rank the top four teams in the Eastern Conference, 76% placed Milwaukee at the top while the Sixers only garnered 24% first place votes. In a question of which team will win the NBA finals, the rankings went like this:

  1. LA Clippers — 46%
  2. Milwaukee Bucks — 36%
  3. Los Angeles Lakers — 11%

Some more items of note:

  • No Sixer received a vote predicting the MVP winner.
  • GMs said they would build a new franchise around Giannis, Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis. Joel Embiid did not get any votes in this area.
  • Best center in the NBA? Nikola Jokic was #1 with 48% of the vote while Embiid was #2 with 24%
  • Josh Richardson got a vote for “most underrated player acquisition,” which GMs said was Mike Conley to Utah
  • Embiid did not a get a vote for “best international player in the NBA”
  • The Sixers received 7% of the vote (4th place) for “best defensive team in the NBA”

Embiid also didn’t get a sniff here:

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?

  1. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers — 45%
  2. Rudy Gobert, Utah — 28%
  3. Draymond Green, Golden State — 10%
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee — 7%
  5. (tie) Paul George, LA Clippers — 7%
  6. Anthony Davis, LA Lakers — 3%

And didn’t come close to Gobert here:

Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?

  1. Rudy Gobert, Utah — 93%

Also receiving votes: Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia

That’s about it. Brett Brown’s name did not appear once in the entire article, nor did Ben Simmons.

More motivation? Maybe.

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6 Comments

  • SO Taguchi - Phillies Legend October 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Good. Let the league sleep on them.

    Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far.

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    • The Dude October 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      Agreed. Nobody was picking the Eagles to win in 17 or the Phillies in 08 during preseason. We know what we have, now gotta prove it.

      Reply
    • Klaus October 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      In last year’s survey 90%, yup 90%, said the Celtics would win the East

      Reply
  • Speak softly? October 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Almost right.

    Unfortunately they play softly.

    Million dollar bodies. Five cent heads.

    Reply
  • chris grazer October 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    cohesive among the players is paramount. defense will get them sixty wins this year

    Reply
  • justlest November 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    It is almost unfair how well Nikola Mirotic fits Mike Budenholzer’s system. He is going to have a green light to shoot as many as he wants, and he is going to give Giannis Antetokounmpo even more space to operate. The Bucks didn’t

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