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The 2014-15 GM Survey, and Whether The Raptors Showed Up In It

The annual GM survey was released yesterday. Find out if our team got mentioned at all.

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Every year, the 30 general managers in the league answer a bunch of questions including predictions, best offseason moves, best coaches and more. You can check out the entire survey here.

Below we look at where the Raptors showed up, or where we think they should have showed up.

Which team will win the Eastern Conference finals?
1. Cleveland -- 70.4%
2. Chicago -- 25.9%
3. Washington -- 3.7%
Last year: Miami -- 86.2%

Our comment: Not a surprise considering the Cavs and Bulls are definitely in their own tier as the season starts. Toronto slots in with the second tier teams. But I would have liked to see Toronto sneak in there in third place. But alternatively, every single perceived slight in this survey should be communicated to Kyle Lowry. That chip on their collective shoulders cannot get big enough for me.

Which team will win the Atlantic Division?
1. Toronto -- 76.9%
2. Brooklyn -- 19.2%
3. New York -- 3.8%
Last year: Brooklyn -- 75.9%

Our comment: The Raptors are the consensus favorite to win the division, and -- trust me I feel uncomfortable writing this, I'm a Raptors fan, success is a foreign concept that is very fleeting -- I don't see any reason why they won't win the Atlantic this year.

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
1. James Harden, Houston -- 63.0%
2. Klay Thompson, Golden State -- 18.5%
3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 7.4%
Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 7.4%
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City -- 3.7%
Last year: James Harden -- 56.7%

Our comment: No DeMar DeRozan, which is fair if you're slotting in Durant as a shooting guard for this list. But he's just on the fringe on being in the top five.

What was the most underrated player acquisition?
1. Tyson Chandler, Dallas -- 17.9%
2. Omer Asik, New Orleans -- 14.3%
Spencer Hawes, L.A. Clippers -- 14.3%
4. Pau Gasol, Chicago -- 7.1%
Paul Pierce, Washington -- 7.1%
Also receiving votesArron Afflalo, Denver; Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn;Channing Frye, Orlando; James Johnson, Toronto; Shawn Marion, Cleveland;Nikola Mirotic, Chicago; Jameer Nelson, Dallas; Lance Stephenson, Charlotte;Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota; Marvin Williams, Charlotte; Thaddeus Young, Minnesota
Last yearJrue HolidayAndrei KirilenkoLuis Scola -- 10.0%

Our comment: James Johnson received a vote for this. I would swap his vote out and give one to Lou Williams, but that's just me.

Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2014-15?
1. Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto -- 33.3%
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 18.5%
3. Rudy Gobert, Utah -- 11.1%
3. Evan Fournier, Orlando -- 7.4%
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago -- 7.4%
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota -- 7.4%
Also receiving votesSteven Adams, Oklahoma City; Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn; Danilo Gallinari, Denver; Timofey Mozgov, Denver
Last year: Jonas Valanciunas -- 39.3%

Our comment: YES! I think so too. Then again, I'm a Raptors fan writing on a Raptors site. You expect me to say anything else? Let's move on.

Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
1. Alvin Gentry, Golden State -- 17.9%
2. Adrian Griffin, Chicago -- 7.1%
Tyronn Lue, Cleveland -- 7.1%
Ettore Messina, San Antonio -- 7.1%
Mike Woodson, L.A. Clippers -- 7.1%
Also receiving votes: Ron Adams, Golden State; Kenny Atkinson, Atlanta; Jim Boylan, Cleveland; Jim Boylen, San Antonio; David Fizdale, Miami; Lawrence Frank, L.A. Clippers; Tim Grgurich; Melvin Hunt, Denver; Chris Jent, Sacramento; Brian Keefe, New York; Mike Longabardi, Phoenix; Nate McMillan, Indiana; Don Newman, Washington; Nick Nurse, Toronto; Joe Prunty, Milwaukee
Last year: Lawrence Frank -- 21.4%


Which team has the best home-court advantage?
1. Oklahoma City -- 42.9%
2. Denver -- 28.6%
3. Golden State -- 17.9%
Also receiving votes: Portland, San Antonio, Utah
Last year: Oklahoma City -- 36.7%

Our comment: I've got the biggest gripe about this one, but I don't blame the entire league of GMs to overlook Toronto. I mean, the playoffs are a once every five years experience, and we didn't even win a Game 7 on our home floor last year even though the crowds were incredible. This season, though.

And that's it, no mention of Dwane Casey in the coaches section, no one picked Bruno Caboclo to be the best rookie in five years because this survey is two years away from being two years away, and Tyler Hansbrough got no votes for anything.

Otherwise, the survey is pretty on point.