It looks like Lakers fans have a reason to be a little confident this season.

For the past nine seasons, NBA General Managers have been surveyed prior to training camp. The roughly 60 questions range from team predictions, player accolades, coaching, and defense. These guys are generally expected to know a thing or two about the game.

This year, the Lakers take the cake. 63% of GM’s believe that the Lakers will win the 2011 NBA Championship; securing the three-peat. Coming in a much farther second are the Miami Heat, at 33.3%, followed by Boston with 3.7%. The Lakers topped last years survey, taking in 60.7% of the votes. You read that right, our stock has risen from last year, despite Miami’s surge.

Moving onto the individual accolades section of the survey; Lakers still look good. Kobe Bryant (85.7%) and Pau Gasol (28.6%) we’re voted as best shooting guard and power forward; Gasol being in a dead tie with Dirk Nowitzki. Kobe Bryant comes second in the MVP survey with 25.9%, trailing Kevin Durant’s 66.7%. Kobe also runs away with the “which player forces coaches to make the most adjustments” category with 35.7%.

Phil Jackson is all over the coaches survey, taking in best coach, among best motivator. Derek Fisher is ranked as the top active player in the league that would make the best coach. Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant frequent the defensive category as well.

Walk with an extra pep in your step today Lakers fans, we’ve earned it.

  • 242LakerFan

    Respect from the people who know. You can’t argue too much with that. Nobody who counts can argue too much with that.

  • razz

    Flattering, but nothing more than that.

  • Lakers 24 7

    For the ninth consecutive season, Bryant (79 percent) was also selected by GMs as the player they most want taking the shot with the game on the line.

  • Lakers=beast

    This title doesn’t make any sense. The title should be “63% of NBA GM’s KNOW the Lakers will 3-peat

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  • http://LaNation MrDreLa

    If LA stays healthy for the season. I definitely can see that 3peat in the horizon. It won’t be easy,but it can be done with team ball. All the LA fans are awaiting. Let’s get it on