The annual poll of general managers around the NBA produced some interesting results as it relates to the New York Knicks.
To begin with, the GM’s around the association don’t think the Knicks will win the Atlantic Division, but instead have them penciled in for second place.
Here’s how the voting panned out:
Boston — 66.7 percent
Brooklyn and New York — 13.3 percent
Philadelphia — 6.7 percent
Carmelo Anthony was also a popular topic among the NBA GM’s as he showed up as one of the more respected players in the league. With that being said, here’s a look at where Anthony ranks according to the league GM’s. They think ‘Melo could have an MVP-type season, which will be big for the Knicks in 2013.
1. Who will win the 2012-13 MVP?
LeBron James – 66.7 percent
Kevin Durant – 30.0 percent
Carmelo Anthony — 3.3 percent
2. Which player is the best at getting his own shot?
Kobe Bryant – 40.0 percent
Kevin Durant — 30.0 percent
LeBron James — 16.7 percent
Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade – 6.7 percent
3. Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
Kevin Durant — 46.7 percent
Kobe Bryant — 40.0 percent
Carmelo Anthony — 6.7 percent
In addition to Anthony, some other Knicks were recognized by the league GM’s. That list includes: Tyson Chandler who finished third (10 percent of the votes) for best interior defender; Steve Novak finished third (6.7 percent) for best pure shooter; and Jason Kidd finished fourth (10.3 percent), along with Steve Nash, for the category “active player who will make the best head coach someday.”
Finally, the Knicks decision to let Jeremy Lin leave as a free agent was recognized as one of the most surprising offseason moves.
What was the most surprising move of the offseason?
Steve Nash to the Lakers — 39.3 percent
Dwight Howard/Andrew Bynum/Andre Iguodala trade — 17.9 percent
Knicks not matching Jeremy Lin offer — 14.3 percent
Ray Allen to Miami, Joe Johnson to Brooklyn — 10.7 percent
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