By Jeff Garcia, Project Spurs.com
San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich has won two NBA Coach of the Year awards and according to NBA GMs, he could be in line for another this season. However, most GMs do not give the Spurs a shot at winning title number five or even the Western Conference.
The annual NBA GM survey
has been released and coach Pop was picked as the hands down best head coach in the league with a whopping 80% of the votes. Boston's Doc Rivers came in second with 13.3% of the GMs votes. Pop also was voted as the best motivator/manager of players with 60% of the votes. He also was voted as the best at making in-game adjustments with 40% of the votes.
Continuing, Pop also was tied with Rick Adelman for second place at running the best offense on the NBA with 27.6% of the votes. This might be a bit surprising considering Pop is seen as more of a defensive coach. Pop finished second at having the best defensive schemes in the NBA with 10% of the votes behind Tom Thibodeau.
Here is how the Spurs fared in the survey:
The Heat, Lakers and Thunder were picked as the top-three teams to win it all this season. The Spurs didn't place in this section.
The Lakers, Thunder and Nuggets (not San Antonio) were picked to win the West by the GMs participating in the survey.
The Spurs were the overwhelming pick to win the Southwest Division by 96.7% over the Grizzlies.
Many Spurs fans feel Kawhi Leonard will have a breakout season but not the GMs. Warriors' Klay Thompson was picked to have a breakout season while Leonard didn't receive a vote.
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