Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Paul George. They all have something in common in the NBA's annual GM Survey, released Tuesday morning. All of them finished tied for third in the category "Best Shooting Guard in the NBA."
Wait, is that a compliment or a sign of disrespect for the Warriors' point guard?
Curry, along with Andre Iguodala, made a few appearances in the annual survey. It's a minor barometer, but certainly this year's survey echo the Warriors' rising status in the league.
Here are the categories that featured the Warriors: 10.3 percent of NBA GMs predicted the Warriors to win the Pacific Division. That was the second-highest. The Clippers were the runaway winners (89.7%)
For the "Which players forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?" question, Stephen Curry was listed in the "also receiving votes" section. The top 3 were LeBron James (66.7), Kevin Durant (13.3) and Chris Paul (10). Klay Thompson also received some votes for votes for the "Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2013-14?" question. New Orleans' Anthony Davis topped that category with 27.6 percent. The best shooting guard category went like this:
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 18: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors competes in the NBA match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors on October 18, 2013 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)
James Harden, Houston -- 56.7%
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 20.0%
Stephen Curry, Golden State; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City; Paul George, Indiana -- 6.7%
Dwyane Wade, Miami -- 3.3% When asked who was the best power forward in the NBA, here were the players who received votes (in order): Tim Duncan, Kevin Love, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki.
That's right. No votes for David Lee. Brace for #TimKawakamiRage. The "Miscellaneous" section of the survey is where the Warriors got the most love. Golden State was tops in most fun to watch (41.4 percent) and second in best homecourt advantage (26.7 percent). Curry received 44.8 percent of the votes for best pure shooter, topping Ray Allen, Kevin Durant, Kyle Korver and Steve Novak. Curry also received votes for best at getting his own shot and for "Which player makes the most of limited natural ability?" As for best player moving without the ball, tied for third with 10 percent of the votes were Manu Ginobili, Kyle Korver and Klay Thompson. "What was the most underrated player acquisition?" The Warriors' trade for Andre Iguodala got 6.7% of the votes, which is tied for sixth-most votes with Mike Dunleavy to Chicago, Paul Millsap to Atlanta and Josh Smith to Detroit.
However, the Iguodala acquisition did get 21.4 percent of the votes for most surprising move of the offseason, tying for first with the Nets-Celtics trade. Nemanja Nedovic received votes for the biggest steal in the draft. Andrew Bogut received some votes for international player most likely to have a breakout season. Iguodala had the fourth most votes for best defensive player in the NBA (6.9 percent) and tied for fourth for best perimeter defender with Avery Bradley and Kawhi Leonard (6.7 percent) Mark Jackson received some votes for best manager/motivator. Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers and Erik Spoelstra were the top three. Jackson also received votes for best offense and best defensive scheme. Pete Myers received some votes for best assistant coach.