LeBron and Dubs top in key rank­ings

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

LEBRON James is tipped to win the NBA’s MVP award in his first sea­son with the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers while the Golden State War­riors are favourites to clinch a third con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship, the league’s an­nual sur­vey of gen­eral man­agers re­vealed Wed­nes­day.

While James has cau­tioned it will take time to trans­form the Lak­ers into a team ca­pa­ble of chal­leng­ing for sil­ver­ware, the 33-year-old re­mains the most pop­u­lar pick to win MVP amongst the league’s 30 gen­eral man­agers.

James, who made his Sta­ples Cen­ter de­but for the Lak­ers in a pre-sea­son game on Tues­day, was the pick of 30 per cent of GMs, while Golden State’s Kevin Du­rant polled sec­ond with 27 per cent.

The War­riors mean­while re­main the over­whelm­ing favourites to win a fourth ti­tle in five sea­sons.

Eighty-seven per cent of GMs backed the Oak­land out­fit to re­tain their ti­tle, with the Bos­ton Celtics and Hous­ton Rock­ets earn­ing seven per cent each.

The Celtics are most ex­ec­u­tives’ favourites to face the War­riors in the NBA Fi­nals, with 90 per cent rank­ing Bos­ton as the best team in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

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