By Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports Views 7564

GMs overwhelmingly picked the Heat to win its third straight NBA championship and James to win his third consecutive (and fifth overall) Most Valuable Player award.

In the survey, 75.9% of GMs picked the Heat to win the title, with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs tying for second place with 6.9%. The Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder also received votes.

James also won the preseason MVP poll in a landslide, receiving 69% of votes. Thunder forward Kevin Durant came in second with 24.1%, with Clippers point guard Chris Paul and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony also placing.

Those weren't the only categories James and the Heat dominated. When asked which player they would pick to start a franchise today, 89.7% of GMs picked James. He also came in first on the list of players who force opposing coaches to make the most adjustments. He was named best small forward in the NBA by 86.7% of GMs, and placed third in the vote for best power forward in the league with 13.8% of the vote. He was also voted most athletic, most dangerous in the open floor and best finisher at the rim.

While the Heat leading the results isn't too surprising, what might be is the overwhelming margin by which they did.

"I always filled it out myself. I knew of some GMs who would hand it to their assistants and say, 'Go ahead and do this, I don't really feel like it," said TNT analyst Steve Kerr, former Phoenix Suns GM. "I believe there probably are instances where GMs give an answer to maybe put pressure on someone else, maybe not giving their honest answer but using it as a psychological weapon. But I don't think that's prevalent. I think most guys just look at it for 10 minutes and write down what they think and send it in and don't give it any more thought."

James also came in second in the categories of best defender in the league (trailing only Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard) and best perimeter defender (behind Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen). Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tied for third place in the category of best coach in the NBA (behind the Spurs' Gregg Popovich and the Clippers' Doc Rivers). Heat guard Ray Allen was voted best in the league at moving without the ball and second-best pure shooter, behind the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.

Elsewhere, the Rockets were voted to have had the best offseason — the result of their luring of Howard away from the Lakers. Howard was overwhelmingly voted to be the player acquisition that would make the most impact, while the New Orleans Pelicans' Jrue Holiday, Brooklyn Nets' Andrei Kirilenko and Pacers' Luis Scola tied for first in the category of most underrated player acquisition.

Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, dominated the rookie categories. 80% of GMs picked him to win Rookie of the Year, while 40% said he will be the best player of this draft class in five years. Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk also finished in the top five in the latter question.

Paul was voted to have the highest basketball IQ and Spurs forward Tim Duncan was voted best leader. Kobe Bryant was voted toughest player.

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