The NBA has released its annual GM survey, polling General Managers around the league for their predictions and opinions on the upcoming season. The Portland Trail Blazers dot the landscape of this year's survey, albeit in more muted fashion than in years past. Plenty of ex-Blazers are featured as well.
Among the most prestigious categories, the Cleveland Cavaliers dominate. They're favored by 54% of league GM's to win the NBA Title. San Antonio comes in second with 25%. LeBron James is favored for League MVP over Anthony Davis, 39% to 25%. But Davis claims the "If you could start a franchise today with any player" category with a whopping 86% of the vote.
Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum appears in the also-ran section of the "Player Most Likely to Have a Breakout Season" category, won by Andrew Wiggins with 17% of the vote.
Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Michael Conley comprise the entirety of the "Best Point Guard" list, leaving Blazers point guard Damian Lillard out in the cold.
Former Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge finishes fourth on the "Best Power Forward" list but claims the "Biggest Impact for an Off-Season Move" crown with 79% of voters favoring him.
The Blazers did receive an honorable mention vote in "Best Off-Season Moves", a category won by San Antonio.
Portland's Al-Farouq Aminu and former Blazer Nicolas Batum each got recognition in the "Underrated Acquisition" category.
The Blazers got shut out of several categories they might hope to be remembered in, including most athletic team, best defense, best offensive schemes, and best homecourt advantage. No doubt this is due to the relatively unknown state of the roster at this point.