Cavs tipped to win 2016 championship — NBA GM survey

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Can Cleveland take home the championship in 2016? Most of the NBA GMs think so.

Highlights

  • The Cavs are favored to win it all, garnering 53.6 percent of the vote.
  • LeBron James, Anthony Davis top picks for MVP gong
  • Jahlil Okafor expected to win Rookie of the Year

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — According to the latest National Basketball Association (NBA) General Manager (GM) survey, it is LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers who are tipped to win the championship in the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Even after becoming one of the NBA’s statistically better champions since the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the mid-nineties, the Golden State Warriors only have the confidence of 17.9 percent of the league’s decision makers.

The Cavaliers got the thumbs up from 53.6 percent of the GMs to lord over the upcoming season.

The results also reflect that the offseason moves of the San Antonio Spurs, such as signing Lamarcus Aldridge, have raised their stock amongst the front office heads.

The GMs believe that the Spurs are second favorites to win the championship, amassing 25.0 percent of the votes.

The GM survey also predicts that James and Anthony Davis are the two frontrunners in the MVP race with 39.3 percent and 25.0 percent of the votes, respectively.

Reigning MVP Steph Curry only garnered nods from 7.1 percent of the GM’s who participated in the survey.

For the Rookie of the Year race, it is Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor who is expected to lead the pack with 44.8 percent of the votes, while Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony comes in second at 34.5 percent.

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The league’s GMs answered a host of other questions, all of which you can find here.