LeBron and Dubs top in key rankings
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.