The NBA general managers believe LeBron James will lead the Cavaliers to their first championship and will win another league MVP award.
In the annual NBA general managers survey, 53.6 percent of the league executives chose the Cavaliers to win the NBA title this season. Only 17.9 percent voted for the Warriors to repeat.
Not surprisingly, the GMs didn't think too highly of the Knicks and their offseason moves.
They appeared under "also receiving votes" in several categories. One was which team will be most improved. Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Miami and Indiana were the top five.
Kristaps Porzingis received votes for which rookie will be the best player in five years, but the GMs picked Karl-Anthony Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell ahead of him.
Robin Lopez received votes for the most underrated player acquisition and toughest player in the NBA. The Knicks received votes for which team will be the most improved.
Carmelo Anthony received 6.9 percent of the votes and finished fourth in "which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?" Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and James Harden were the top three vote getters.