This time, the Lakers will defeat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. At least, that's what NBA general managers would envision based on an annual NBA.com survey to be released today. Almost half the general managers -- 46% -- predicted the Lakers would win the championship, while 19% picked the Celtics and 12% picked New Orleans. San Antonio received 8% of the vote and was not the preseason favorite for the first time in five years. The survey was not without its surprises. If the general managers are correct, Cleveland forward LeBron James will dethrone Bryant as the league MVP. James received 56% of the vote, Bryant received 37%, and New Orleans guard Chris Paul was a distant third with 7%.
I know you all will have fun with the Lakers pick, but what surprises me is how few GMs picked Chris Paul to be MVP. He's my early favorite.
Update: Here's the full survey - lots of Celtics related items