General managers aren’t expecting much from the Miami Heat this season.
In NBA.com’s annual survey of general managers, the voters ranked the top teams in the Eastern Conference this way: 1. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2. Toronto Raptors, 3. Boston Celtics, 4. Indiana Pacers. The Heat were not among the nine Eastern Conference teams that received votes.
General managers voted Miami as the fourth-best team in the conference a season ago with Dwyane Wade and a healthy Chris Bosh on the roster.
Here are the other Heat-centric notes:
– Former Heat and current Bulls player Dwyane Wade was voted as the third-best shooting guard in the NBA. Houston’s James Harden was No. 1 and Golden State’s Klay Thompson was No. 2 on the list.
– Miami’s Hassan Whiteside did not receive a vote in the “best center in the NBA” category. DeAndre Jordan was voted as the league’s top center.
– Heat guard Dion Waiters was among those to receive votes for the most underrated offseason acquisition. Utah’s George Hill topped the list.
– Dwyane Wade leaving the Heat to sign with the Bulls was voted as the second most surprising move of the offseason. Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Warriors was voted as the most surprising.
– Heat point guard Goran Dragic did not receive a vote when general managers were asked to name the NBA’s best international player.
– Hassan Whiteside finished sixth in the “best defensive player in the NBA” category, receiving 3.3 percent of the votes. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard received the most votes.
– Hassan Whiteside received one vote when general managers were asked to name the best interior defender in the NBA. DeAndre Jordan topped the list with 50 percent of the votes.
– The Heat got no votes in the “best defensive team in the NBA” category. The Spurs topped the poll.
– Heat coach Erik Spoelstra got one vote in the poll for coaches who make the best in-game adjustments. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle placed first in the category.
– Udonis Haslem did not receive a vote in the “toughest player in the NBA” category. Memphis’ Tony Allen was named the toughest guy in the league.