NBA.com released their annual GM Survey and the Dallas Mavericks were represented in quite a few categories. All 30 GMs were asked a series of 49 questions and were not able to respond with one of their players or personnel. John Schuhmann, the list collector, also notes that “percentages are based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs.” Meaning there’s a possibility that not all 30 GMs responded to all 49 question. (It’s not like they don’t have million dollars decisions to sort out)
In the Players category Dennis Smith Jr. received at least 1 vote when GMs were asked: Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2018-19?
It’s surprising that Jimmy Butler didn’t receive any votes in this category because he’s going to break out of Minnesota any time now. (I’ll show myself out)
Dallas as a team received at least one vote when GMs were asked: Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?
Since Magic Johnson (or Rob Pelinka the Lakers GM) couldn’t vote for the Lakers that means at least eight GMs think that a team other than the one that acquired Lebron James made the best moves.
Both Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan received at least one vote when GMs were asked: What was the most underrated player acquisition?
It’s kind of funny that Avery Bradley received a vote for this because he was sent to the Clippers in the Blake Griffin trade back in January. But he only played 6 games and then resigned with the Clips. Does it count as an acquisition if you already played for the team? (I guess so)
The Mavericks received at least two votes when GMs were asked: Which team will be most improved in 2018-19?
Although it didn’t really come as a surprise to most Mavs fans, DeAndre Jordan received a vote when GMs were asked: What was the most surprising move of the offseason?
I bet this GM just sent back “ ” as his response.
Then in the Rookie and International category Luka Doncic cleaned house. When asked who would win the Rookie of the Year, Luka received around 13 votes and no one else was close.
Imagine thinking Luka Doncic isn’t the best rookie.
But apparently not all of those GMs think Doncic’s potential will pan out because he only received five votes when GMs were asked: Which rookie will be the best player in five years?
Last season Dennis Smith Jr. was the leading vote getter when GMs were asked: Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft? And Luka received at least two votes in this category as well.
Also Deandre Ayton got a vote which... I mean... If you’re the #1 pick no one else could take him from you. Can you steal something that was yours no matter what happened?
At least two GMs also think the Luka Doncic is already the best international player in the NBA.
The Bucks GM cannot vote for Giannis Antetokounmpo so that makes sense for one non-Giannis vote but who are the seven other GMs that don’t think Giannis is the best international player in the NBA? We need names.
DeAndre Jordan received at least one vote when GMs were asked: Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
At least one GM (besides Donnie Nelson) still believes that Rick Carlisle is the best Head Coach in the NBA.
Also... 25 GMs voted for Gregg Popovich last year and only 10 did this year... What? Did he get worse at coaching? It’s not like his best player decided to completely abandon the team and demand a... oh wait *smirks*
And at least three GMs think that Carlisle makes the best in-game adjustments.
I bet Brad Stevens never played Yogi Ferrell at the 3.
Then finally, both JJ Barea and Wes Matthews received a vote from opposing GMs when asked: Which active player will make the best head coach someday?
Devin Harris didn’t get any votes despite receiving plenty of offers this summer to be an actual coach.
Portland’s CJ McCollum also received a few votes in this category and when asked about his attempts to move into coaching he responded: