NBA.com writer John Schuhmann published the annual GM survey earlier today and several members of the New Orleans Pelicans made the list, often multiple times.
To be clear, general managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel and the percentages that are listed were based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than factoring all 30 GMs.
Zion Williamson, Steven Adams and Stan Van Gundy all made two appearances each, and Kira Lewis Jr. and the New Orleans Pelicans organization as a whole, had one apiece.
Williamson finished in a tie for fourth with Devin Booker for the player most likely to have a breakout season in 2020-21 and received votes for “If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?”
To really no one’s shock, Adams was voted as the toughest player in the NBA, but in a bit of surprise, he also made the list for this offseason’s most underrated player acquisition, finishing behind only Serge Ibaka.
Stan Van Gundy’s name appeared on both the “Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?” and “Which new or relocated head coach will make the biggest impact on his new team?” lists.
As a team, the New Orleans Pelicans were voted as possessing the most promising young core, garnering nearly double the amount of votes as the second place finisher on that list, the Memphis Grizzlies.
Kira Lewis Jr., the 13th overall selection of the 2020 NBA Draft, finished third in voting for the biggest draft day steal, coming in behind Tyrese Haliburton and Saddiq Bey.
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