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NBA GM Survey Loves Damian Lillard, Lukewarm on Trail Blazers

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The annual survey of NBA executives reveals admiration for Portland’s point guard.

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The annual survey of NBA General Managers has revealed admiration for Damian Lillard, but otherwise middling results for the Portland Trail Blazers. Posted on the league’s official website and authored this year by John Schuhmann, the survey polls lead executives of all 30 NBA franchises on their opinions about the upcoming season.

Off the top, 81% of GM’s picked the Los Angeles Lakers to repeat as NBA champions. Schuhmann cites this as the third-highest ratio ever, trailing only the Golden State Warriors between 2017-2019.

The Trail Blazers received no votes for Best Team in the Western Conference, but earned one second-place, one third-place, and eight fourth-place votes.

Lillard received no votes for potential NBA MVP, also note for “player you’d restart your franchise around”. He earned honorable mention for player who forces the opponent to make the most adjustments, but finished second only to Steph Curry as best point guard in the NBA. Lillard had 22% of the vote, while Curry received 30%.

Lillard won the “Which player do you want taking the shot with the game on the line” poll, finishing with 32% of the vote, ahead of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.

The Trail Blazers finished seventh, with one vote, in the “best offseason moves” category, which was won by the Lakers. The Phoenix Suns finished second. Portland’s Robert Covington finished tied for second with New Orleans Pelican center Steven Adams as the most underrated player acquisition. Each received 11% of the vote. Los Angeles Clippers signee Serge Ibaka edged them out with 15%.