Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 2:44 pm  |  44 responses

74.1 Percent of NBA GMs Believe Heat Will Win 2012 Championship

The results of the 2011-12 NBA.com GM survey are in, and as always, they contain a whole bunch of interesting tidbits. As they do every year, NBA.com polled every general manager to find out how they expected this season to unfold. Head over to the League’s site to check them out, but peep a few noteworthy pieces of information below:

Which team will win The 2012 NBA Finals?

1. Miami — 74.1%
2. Oklahoma City — 14.8%
3. L.A. Lakers — 7.4%
4. Chicago – 3.7%

Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

1. Miami — 96.3%
2. Chicago — 3.7%

Which team will win the Western Conference?

1. Oklahoma City — 67.9%
2. L.A. Lakers — 17.9%
3. Portland — 7.1%
San Antonio — 7.1%

Who will win the 2011-12 MVP?

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 55.6%
2. LeBron James, Miami — 44.4%

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  • Jay rose

    So I stand in the 25.9% that believes they’ll lose again

  • http://slamonline house

    As do I.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Me as well.

  • jordan

    thats mad head

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    I can understand GMs picking the Heat, but the Bulls coming in at 4th with just 3% is a slap in the face.

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  • robb

    Three quarters believe they’ll win, one quarter don’t. Interesting.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It wasn’t pick a team or the field. It was pick a team based on the survey on that day. Obviously the Heat grabbed the majority of votes, and seemingly, the majority of Eastern Conference votes. Which would explain why the Bulls are (ridiculously) under the Lakers.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max


  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max



    and you have to get to the Finals to have a chance to win and the bulls as constructed just can’t. heat over Lakers

  • http://slamonline house

    Robb with the moneyshot!

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    i think the bulls are the best team. we’ll see

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No way should the Heat be that much of a favorite in the EC.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    How many times did the league let Mickey Arison vote?

  • PaulT

    Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
    1. LeBron James, Miami — 77.8%
    2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 18.5%

    If you were starting a franchise and could sign any player, who would it be?
    T1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City — 37.0%
    T1. LeBron James, Miami — 37.0%

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Marcelus Wallace

    These are the same cats who are gonna make a killin when they’ll bet their houses on the other team come June. They want to make sure all suckers place the money on the Heat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    well considering Micky Arison isn’t a gm, I would guess Zero times..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They weren’t asked to vote which teams are most likely in a descending scale, they were told to pick one team. and one team only. The fact that it was the heat so heavily over everyone else does not speak to how much of a “favorite” they are. When you’re gambling, the odds would favor the heat the same if everyone bet on them as if nobody did. The GM’s might have voted the heat most likely to win it, but they also could have felt their chances of actually winning was only 51%. Doesn’t represent at all how heavy of a favorite any one team is over another.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And they are definitely not allowed to actually gamble Marcelus, they would face criminal charges if they did.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    I don’t understand how one GM voted Carmelo as the best SF in the league.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    James Dolan probably handled the Knicks voting.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m not so sure anymore. I haven’t liked some things I’ve seen recently.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    I put $100 on Miami to win before the season started when they were paying 3.5 x Wager but now they are only paying 1.75 x Wager which is even with the field.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yeah….it’s not like there’s still over 50 regular season games to play to shake everything out.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If these were new issues I wouldn’t even be concerned. But this is regular LeBron showing up to replace awesome LeBron. Awesome LeBron was the cat who jumped out of the gate and was destroying smaller players any time they decided to guard him. Regular LeBron is still great, but just regular great LeBron. They had that guy most of last year.
    That is concerning to me.

  • MLK4Life

    If the Heat don’t get it this year, you really have to wonder if they will ever win. What more do they need? I have them winning a tough 7 game series with Chicago to get to the Finals and play the Thunder. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago beat them if Rip can get comfortable with Rose and the other guys. And if Boozer stops yelling for no good reason after everything happens on the floor and start scoring and rebounding to earn that money he’s being paid.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Awesome LeBron = Cleveland LeBron therefore Cleveland LeBron > Miami LeBron

  • Brion

    Honestly as of late I really disagree with this prediction. Im saying Bulls vs OKC (or Clips maybe)

  • JoeMaMa

    Random stats: 94.6% of female fans believe Ricky Rubio has smoky bedroom eyes. 88% of Kobe/Lebron haters cry themselves to sleep, while watching their highlights. 50% of Miami’s seafood is being jealously guarded by a growling Eddy Curry. 7% of the prison population is cheering for Byron Mullens; 6% of Charlotte is aware of him. 99% of the population of Sacramento wants the Kings to stay put; 1% want them gone, as they can’t stand the poopy-face Cousins makes when anything bad happens, ever. 50% of us on slamonline think Delonte boinked Lebron’s mom. The other 50% believe Jason Richardson and/or Barbosa did the same to Nash’s wife.

  • Ldub

    with no C or PG…its gonna be tough. LBJ, Wade and Bosh will do just enough to get them to the show, but who else will show up? Miller? (injuries again)…Jones? (DNPs-CD) Cole? (rookie not ready). Chalmers? (One dimensional). Battier is the best upgrade, but is it enough? Those 2 glaring issues as well as the inability to close games (even being up by 20 going into the 4th) and the problem with the zone defense makes it very hard to win a half court game (which is exactly what happens in the playoffs)!. Love the Heat, hope they win, but Im 50/50 because of their flaws.

  • ash

    As of today, I would take Chicago and OKC over the Heat. I like the Heat but the team is not clicking.

  • Jose

    with how lopsided the results are , im surprised Miami didn’t show up in the Western Conference question. . heh heh. . .Disrespect at Chi-Town though. . .

  • jsmoke212

    lmao Joemama killed it

  • http://slamonline house

    Joemama with the only legitimate reply in the whole damn thread.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Joemama with a solid post.

  • AlbZ

    What’s also telling is that not a single GM would trust Lebron with the shot at the end of game.

  • The IQ

    If you think that the Bulls would beat the Lakers in a 7 game series, you don’t know basketball.

  • Justin G.

    ^^^ And anyone who would make a statement like that should not have “IQ” in their name

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    hahahahaha nice one Justin!!!

  • http://slamonline house

    I am pretty confident that the Bulls could beat the Lakers in a 7 game series.

  • DieselMechanic

    Celtics champs, P-Dubble mvp

  • cavsfan

    bulls need to win if miami loses again its makes more sense for james to come back to cleveland. GO BULLS!!!!

  • Max

    madness: where are the Mavericks ????? I know nobody fancies them, but they WILL spring a “surprise” and get their second rings