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NBA GMs survey: Heat over Thunder in 2012 Finals

Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:25 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 2:27 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver  


The NBA's chief basketball operations executives have weighed in: The Miami Heat should win the 2012 NBA Finals.

An annual survey of the NBA's general managers by reveals that 74.1 percent believe the Heat will revenge their 2011 Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Back in November, Miami was set by Las Vegas as the early favorite to win the title.

An overwhelming 96.3 percent voted Miami as Eastern Conference champions. Miami is currently the No. 6 seed in the East, trailing the conference-leading Chicago Bulls by 2.5 games. The Bulls received just 3.7 percent of the vote. Miami topped Chicago in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

Out West, the conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder are the clear favorite. 67.9 percent of voters believed the Thunder will win the Western Conference. OKC is currently 12-2 and already holding a 3-game lead in the conference. The Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs also received votes. The defending champion Dallas Mavericks,  who started the season slowly, did not receive a single vote.

The survey's selection for Division winners tended to favor established, veteran teams. In the East, Miami, Chicago and the Boston Celtics, currently toiling at 4-8, were picked. In the West, Oklahoma City, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers were the picks.

Voters selected Thunder forward Kevin Durant over Heat forward LeBron James as the guess for league MVP. Durant is currently averaging 26.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.1 blocks in 35.9 minutes per game. James is averaging 29.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 37.5 minutes per game. Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who is leading the NBA with 30.8 points per game, did not receive a single vote.

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:41 pm

NBA GMs survey: Heat over Thunder in 2012 Finals

Not hungry enough how many games in the start of the season did we blow multiple teams away with 30 or more points towards the end? We started to fall off (excuses I know) but because wade was injury and we had James who yes he chokes. Last year we didn't have a bench to save our lives this year I think a few of our members have proven themselves. One being Nole who has done well so far this season. Second is miller last game against spurs he went 6-6 all 3s in 15mins. Keep in mind that's his first game this season because of an injury. Then we have battier who isn't great but is good enough as a bench player. Also didn't the thunder just lose to the wizards who are 2-12? I don't think that speaks volumes for the thunder. I will say I'm watching the thunder this year because I believe they will make it to the finals but they won't beat the heat in the end though.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:42 pm

NBA GMs survey: Heat over Thunder in 2012 Finals

the miami heat would be the logical answer for the champs this year but they have yet to show that they are hungry enough to win it as a team, they suprised alot of people that didnt expect them there last year but choked and couldnt get the job done against the mavericks, the heat has plenty of work to do before i see them winning, i feel the thunder will suprise alot of people this year, durant is clearly unstoppable

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:45 pm

NBA GMs survey: Heat over Thunder in 2012 Finals

u sad uninformed people, last year all the experts said Boston will beat them(didnt happen), Chicago will beat them(false), yah they blew the finals but not one "expert" picked them to b there anyway, they r still the best in the NBA and u haters will eat crow as usual...

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:03 pm

NBA GMs survey: Heat over Thunder in 2012 Finals

JBANK: My thoughts, exactly!  I mean, who ISN'T picking the Heat to win...AGAIN !! 

Since: Jun 27, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:58 pm

NBA GMs survey: Heat over Thunder in 2012 Finals

Aww shucks, der dey go again! The Miami Heat, paper Champs again!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:44 pm

NBA GMs survey: Heat over Thunder in 2012 Finals

would this be the same people who thought the Heat would win it last year?  That is why they play the games ladies and gents.

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