For the third consecutive season, the Clippers have fared well in NBA.com’s annual survey of general managers.
According to NBA.com interactive writer John Schumann, all 30 teams responded to 56 questions, which were broken down into seven categories (predictions, players, offseason moves, rookies and international players, defense, coaches, and miscellaneous).
For the first time in the 12-year history of the survey, the Clippers received a vote to win the NBA title as well as 20 percent of voters (six votes) predicting they will represent the Western Conference in the Finals. Nearly 90 percent of voters think the Clippers will repeat as Pacific Division champions.
Unlike years past, though, where typically on Chris Paul and Blake Griffin stood out amongst the individual questions. Nine members of the organization, including seven players on the roster, received at least one vote in an individual category.
Paul, Griffin and new Head Coach and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers were cited nearly as much as anyone in the league not named Kevin Durant or LeBron James.
Unlike a year ago, when the Clippers were not predicted to win the division or the West and were named only the fourth most exciting team in the league, there were few surprises. The J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley trade was listed as one of the most underrated moves of the offseason with the acquisitions of Jrue Holiday (New Orleans), Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn) and Luis Scola (Indiana) coming in higher. But that depends on how the three-team deal with Phoenix and Milwaukee is viewed (underrated or not).
Listen to this Tuesday post-practice interview with Chris Paul:
Read the full article and see the complete GM Survey here: http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/clippers-stand-out-2013-14-nba-gm-survey