As a fan, the 2016 NBA Finals was such a pleasure to watch we don’t really mind another go-wound between the Golden State Warriors and the eventual champs Cleveland Cavaliers. Apparently, we’re not alone.
In an annual poll of general managers at NBA.com, 97% predicted a Finals trilogy between the Cavs and Warriors, with the latter coming out on top.
The addition of Kevin Durant was surely a big factor in that prediction. Even though the Warriors won 73 games without him, the league’s decision makers believe that Durant’s move to Golden State was the most significant transaction of the summer.
Things get a little murky after the top teams on each side. Nine different teams from the East and nine from the West were picked to finish in the top four of their conference.
The Minnesota Timberwolves weren’t one of those nine in the West, but the GMs see a bright future in Minnesota. They like Karl-Anthony Towns as the guy they’d most like to start a franchise with and Kris Dunn as the Wolves’ third straight Rookie of the Year winner.
The GMs responded to 48 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and offseason moves. General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs.