In their annual survey of NBA general managers, the Lakers have been tabbed as favorites to win the 2010-2011 NBA title, even over the Miami Heat after their additions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh this summer. The Lakers were named in 63% of the responses as the NBA champion, compared to 33.3% for Miami.â†µ
The Lakers were overwhelming favorites to win the Pacific Division (96.4%) and the Western Conference (96.4%).â†µ
Kobe Bryant was voted as the player that forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments, and was named on the second-most ballots for league MVP, behind Kevin Durant. Bryant was overwhelmingly voted the best shooting guard in the league, named as such on 85.7% of the ballots.â†µ
Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki tied at 28.6% of the vote for the top power forward in the NBA. Bryant and Ron Artest were voted the top two perimeter defenders in the league.â†µ
Phil Jackson beat out Jerry Sloan and Gregg Popovich as the best coach in the league, as well as the best manager and motivator of players.â†µ
Blake Griffin of the Clippers and former UCLA Bruin Russell Westbrook, each with 14.8% of the vote, were voted the most likely to have a breakout season.â†µ
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