Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/15/14

Every October, while you are trying to figure out a quirky name for you fantasy football team (the name of my historically bad team is "Ochostinko"), NBA GM's are filling out their annual survey. And very often, these surveys follow the lines of conventional thought. Which makes me wonder if (a) these GMs are actually filling these things out or (b) they are just putting down predictable answers for whatever reason (paranoia? putting pressure on a rival?).  

Regardless, conventional thought rules once again in the survey. Some of it is absolutely warranted, some of it is head scratching, and a signficant portion of it involves love for Miami and the Lakers, both of which have been selected as this year's Finals participants.

LeBron James has been selected as the MVP frontrunner, the best small forward, and the guy 24 of the 30 GMs would select to start a team (Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard are the others). The Lakers have the best shooting guard in Kobe Bryant (67%), the best center in Dwight Howard (93%), and almost 90 percent of the GMs say the Lakers have made the best moves of the offseason.

All in all, not all that ground breaking stuff. But the love for Miami does reach the occasional ridiculous level. When asked which team had the biggest home court advantage, the Oklahoma City Thunder got 70% of the vote... which is understandable considering its raucous college atmosphere... and Miami got 10 percent of the vote, tied with Utah. 

Now, the Jazz have a rabid home crowd. I can see that. But Miami's fans are notoriously late to games, often not filling the arena until the second quarter. And this isn't like "Los Angeles Late,"  Where traffic and 7 p.m. starts often prove to be a difficult obstacle to overcome. This is "sections still filling in during the first TV time out of a weekend playoff game" late.  How that provides an advantage is beyond me. 

Still, that is supposedly what a couple of GMs think. If you want to see more of the survey, there are nearly 60 questions answered here. 

[follow]

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.