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NBA GMs: Draymond runner-up; Iguodala wins; Curry over Durant

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NBA GMs: Draymond runner-up; Iguodala wins; Curry over Durant

Programming note: Watch "Warriors Outsiders" tonight at 10:30pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, followed by Warriors-Timberwolves from China at 11pm.

The results are in.

On Wednesday morning, NBA.com posted its annual GM survey.

The specifics:

"The GMs responded to 47 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and offseason moves. General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel.

"Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs."

Draymond Green probably isn't too happy with some of the numbers:

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 62%
2. Draymond Green, Golden State – 21%
3. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 10%
Also receiving votes: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota; Hassan Whiteside, Miami

Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
1. Rudy Gobert, Utah – 66%
2. DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers – 24%
Also receiving votes: Anthony Davis, New Orleans; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Draymond Green, Golden State

After finishing runner-up to Kawhi Leonard in 2015 and 2016, Draymond Green was named the Defensive Player of the Year last season.

[REWIND: Players Voice Awards: Draymond not the 'Best Defender']

Draymond's peers did not agree with the media because Kawhi took home "Best Defender" honors in the Players Voice Awards.

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Andre Iguodala -- who was the runner-up for Sixth Man of the Year the last two seasons -- got the most votes for:

What bench player makes the biggest impact when he enters the game?

1. Andre Iguodala, Golden State – 41%
2. Eric Gordon, Houston – 24%
3. Jamal Crawford, Minnesota – 10%
4. Lou Williams, LA Clippers – 7%

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Other results:

Who will win the 2017-18 MVP?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 50%
2. Kevin Durant, Golden State –29%
3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 11%
4. James Harden, Houston – 7%
5. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 4%

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 48%
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 21%
3. James Harden, Houston – 14%
4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 7%
Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Golden State; Draymond Green, Golden State; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 62%
2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City – 28%
3. Chris Paul, Houston – 7%
4. John Wall, Washington – 3%

Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?
1. James Harden, Houston – 83%
2. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 10%
Also receiving votes: Paul George, Oklahoma City; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

Who is the best small forward in the NBA?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 61%
2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 32%
3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio – 7%

Who is the best power forward in the NBA?
1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans – 41%
2. LeBron James, Cleveland – 28%
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 17%
4. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota – 7%
Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Draymond Green, Golden State

Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio – 82%
2. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 11%
Also receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Dallas; Erik Spoelstra, Miami

Which head coach runs the best offense?
1. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 59%
2. Mike D'Antoni, Houston – 24%
3. Brad Stevens, Boston – 10%
Also receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Dallas; Gregg Popovich, San Antonio

Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
1. Ron Adams, Golden State – 21%
2. Ettore Messina, San Antonio – 14%
3. Mike Brown, Golden State – 10%    
David Vanterpool, Portland – 10%

Which team is the most fun to watch?
1. Golden State – 90%
2. Houston – 7%
3. Denver – 3%

Which team has the best home-court advantage?
1. Golden State – 76%
2. Oklahoma City – 7%   
San Antonio – 7%
Also receiving votes: Denver, Toronto, Utah

Which player is the best pure shooter?
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 71%
2. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 25%
3. Devin Booker, Phoenix – 4%

Which player is best at moving without the ball?
1. Klay Thompson, Golden State – 61%
2. J.J. Redick, Philadelphia – 14%
3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 7%
Kyle Korver, Cleveland – 7%

Which player is the best leader?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 43%
2. Chris Paul, Houston – 21%
3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 14%
4. Mike Conley, Memphis – 7%
Also receiving votes: Draymond Green, Golden State; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

Which player has the best basketball IQ?
1. LeBron James, Cleveland – 64%
2. Chris Paul, Houston –14%
3. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 11%

Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 55%
2. Kevin Durant, Golden State – 34%

3. Kyrie Irving, Boston – 7%
4. LeBron James, Cleveland – 3%

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

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With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.

 

Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

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Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...