The question is:
How did only 32 percent of NBA General Managers vote for Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard to be the player you would want taking a shot with the game on the line?
How was he not nearly unanimous (you know, since you can’t vote for your own players and all)?
Now that the 2020-21 NBA.com General Managers survey has been released, it’s always fun to see how the Trail Blazers are perceived around the league.
When asked which player you would want taking a shot with the game on the line, Lillard, who is now known around the NBA world for either the ‘Bad Shot’ or the .9 shot (just to name a couple of big-time game winners), beat out Warriors guard Stephen Curry who came in second with 25 percent of the votes.
Lillard is the top vote-getter this year after Curry received 44 percent of the vote last season to earn the top bragging rights.
That's a pretty big flip from last year.
But heck, with Lillard extending his range to halfcourt and saying he’s comfortable and he will be shooting halfcourt shots this season, it’s no wonder that Lillard is looked at as the go-to clutch bucket getter late in games.
Here’s how the voting breaks down:
Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
- Damian Lillard – 32%
- Stephen Curry – 25%
- Kevin Durant – 18%
- Luka Doncic - 11%
- Chris Paul – 7%
In the 19th annual NBA.com survey, the league's general managers, or as others are known as president of basketball operations, vote on everything from who is most likely to take home the MVP honors to who had the best offseason.
The survey is anonymous and GMs can't vote for their own team or players. It should also be noted that not all 30 GMs participate.
But it’s still fun to see who and what the top NBA decision-makers believe could happen in the upcoming season.
Lillard also saw 22 percent of general managers select him as the most talented point guard only behind Curry, who received 30 percent of the vote.
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
- Stephen Curry, Golden State – 30%
- Damian Lillard, Portland – 22%
- Luka Doncic, Dallas – 19%
- Chris Paul, Phoenix – 15%
- LeBron James, L.A. Lakers – 11%
- James Harden, Houston – 4%
* Last year: Stephen Curry – 90%
The Trail Blazers as a team finished fifth in the voting of how the Western Conference will shake out, just behind the Dallas Mavericks in fourth. And nearly tied with the Jazz for sixth.
As for Portland’s offseason with the additions of Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr., the Blazers received four percent of the votes for which team made the best offseason moves.
This year, the GM’s pegged the defending champion Lakers to repeat and Giannis Antetokounmpo to win his third straight MVP award.
Check out the full survey here.