Final Results From GM Survey Says It's Still The Cavaliers Vs. Warriors In The NBA Finals
Will the champions the Cleveland Cavaliers able to capture an elusive repeat for the NBA 2016-2017, the league's general managers are likely saying so. With unanimous survey results echoing that the Cavaliers will duke it out once more with the Western powerhouse Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
According to Bleacher Report, the unanimity of the top executives gave the Cavaliers and Warriors both 97 percent of the votes cast by GMs when asked to pick the Eastern and Western conference champions. Each team manager handed down one ballot with a whopping 29 out of the 30 teams wanting both franchises to meet again. The GMs however, were not permitted to endorse their own team with Boston gaining the second vote for the Eastern Conference while the five-time champions San Antonio Spurs being voted for the Western Conference.
The Warriors won the initial matchup between the Cavaliers two seasons ago. The Lebron James-led Cavaliers then answer back by regaining a 3-1 deficit in the thrilling rematch last season with the former finally bringing an NBA title to his native Ohio.
Despite the almost undivided survey, TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley remained apathetic with the results especially with how the Warriors were ranked as he was quoted in ESPN:
"I still think they got some of the same issues this year with that team. Can they rebound the ball? They're going to still be shooting jumpers. They're not going to get any low-post scoring. Can that type of play hold up through the rigors of the NBA playoffs? I'm still going to say the same thing I've always said: No."
The survey also covered who will win the MVP with LeBron James at 46.7% and Russell Westbrook at 23.3%. Another survey question was; who will this season's break-out player? With Devin Booker at 31% and Karl-Anthony Towns at 13.8%.
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