NBA Cats all over latest NBA.com GM Survey

The NBA preseason recently tipped off and with that comes the annual NBA.com GM Survey. Per usual, several NBA Cats were mentioned in the results.

The league’s GMs answered 47 questions about predictions, players, offseason moves, rookies, international players, defense, coaches, fans, miscellaneous topics and offseason moves. NBA.com writer John Schuhmann said general managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. The listed percentages were based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs.

For the second consecutive year, according to the NBA’s general managers, former Kentucky All-American Karl-Anthony Towns is the player they would most like to sign if they were starting an NBA franchise today. Towns received 29 percent of the votes, eight percent more than Giannis Antetokounmpo and 11 percent more than LeBron James. Former Kentucky national champion Anthony Davis also received votes.

For the second straight year, NBA general managers voted Karl-Anthony Towns as the player they would most like to start a franchise with today. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

Towns was the top vote-getter when NBA GMs were asked which player was most likely to have a breakout season in 2017-18. Last year’s top choice for this question was former Kentucky guard Devin Booker, who of course became the sixth player in league history to score 70 points in a game. Among the other players who received votes on this question this year wer Davis and Jamal Murray.

That’s not all for Towns. He was also voted the top center in the league by the GMs. Davis received the second most votes in that category and DeMarcus Cousins, Davis’ teammate in New Orleans, had the fourth most votes. That means that three of the top four centers in the NBA, according to the league’s GMs, went to Kentucky. Not bad, huh?

Davis, who earned All-NBA First Team honors last season, was labeled the top power forward in the league. Towns received the fourth most votes in that category.

Davis received votes as the NBA’s best interior defender, and Cousins received votes as the toughest player in the NBA.

Former Kentucky All-America guard John Wall was tabbed the fourth best point guard in the league by the league’s GMs. The recently named UK Athletics Hall of Famer received the most votes as the fastest player with the ball in the league. Wall was tied with James Harden and Ricky Rubio as the third best passer. He also received votes as the player with the best basketball IQ.

Booker was voted as the third best pure shooter in the NBA behind Golden State’s two Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, respectively. Looking ahead to their post-playing days, Booker received votes as an active player who “will make the best head coach someday.”

Enes Kanter, who was recently traded to the New York Knicks, received votes as the bench player who makes the biggest impact when he enters the game.

Kentucky had three players – De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo – taken in the lottery portion of the 2017 NBA Draft. Fox received votes when GMs were asked who will win the Rookie of the Year award.

You can read the entire 16th annual NBA.com GM Survey here.