June 20, 2024
NBA Midseason Media Survey | NBA.com

NBA Midseason Media Survey | NBA.com

A choose group of NBA beat reporters anticipate two main storylines to unfold within the second half of the 2022-23 season.

They imagine the Boston Celtics will win the NBA championship, rectifying final season’s loss to Golden State within the NBA Finals. And so they predict Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic will acquire his first Kia MVP trophy.

NBA.com used the midpoint of the season to survey 30 beat reporters or columnists representing every NBA market, together with two reporters in New York and two in Los Angeles. The reporters responded to questions on the most effective groups, gamers and coaches on the midway mark.

Percentages are primarily based on 30 whole votes for every query.

A few of the respondents on this survey additionally vote for the NBA’s Kia Efficiency Awards, introduced yearly after the conclusion of the season. The outcomes on this survey are unrelated to these awards.

> Midseason Report Playing cards: The West | Midseason Report Playing cards: The East

The listing of panelists who took half on this survey will be discovered on the backside of those outcomes.


Takeaways & Predictions

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On the midway mark, the survey’s media voters predict a Clippers-Celtics NBA Finals.

Who’re the ten greatest groups within the NBA proper now?

1st 2nd third 4th fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth Complete
1. Boston 250 27 16 293
2. Milwaukee 10 117 40 28 18 15 3 231
3. Denver 36 112 49 18 5 4 224
4. Brooklyn 40 81 32 28 18 15 4 218
5. Memphis 9 24 63 48 35 4 3 186
6. New Orleans 8 28 42 30 24 12 4 148
7. Cleveland 8 7 36 30 24 18 6 2 131
8. Philadelphia 7 35 28 33 10 4 117
9. LA Clippers 5 20 12 16 7 60
10. Dallas 15 12 3 12 6 48

» Complete = Breakdown of whole factors (10 for 1st place vote, 9 for 2nd, 8 for third, 7 for 4th, 6 for fifth, 5 for sixth, 4 for seventh, 3 for eighth, 2 for ninth, 1 for tenth)

» Additionally receiving votes: Phoenix (one 8th place, 5 9th place, 5 10th place); Sacramento (one 8th, three 10th) and Golden State (one 8th, two 10th).

Which crew is poised to make an enormous second-half run?

1. Golden State – 43%
2. LA Clippers – 27%
T-3. Memphis – 7%
T-3. Miami – 7%
T-3. Milwaukee – 7%
T-6. Boston – 3%
T-6. Brooklyn – 3%
T-6. Cleveland – 3%

Which crew will signify the East within the NBA Finals?

1. Boston – 57%
2. Milwaukee – 33%
3. Brooklyn -10%

Which crew will signify the West within the NBA Finals? ­­­­­­­­­

1. LA Clippers – 34%
2. Denver – 30%
3. Memphis – 23%
4. Golden State – 10%
5. Dallas – 3%

Who will win the 2023 NBA Finals?

1. Boston – 57%
2. Milwaukee – 30%
3. Brooklyn – 10%
4. LA Clippers – 3%

What has been the most effective recreation of the season?

1. Dallas’ Luka Doncic ending with a 60-point triple-double vs. New York on Dec. 27 – 43%
2. Denver’s extra time win in opposition to Phoenix on Christmas Day – 20%
3. Donovan Mitchell’s 71-point efficiency in Cavs’ OT win over Bulls on Jan. 2 – 13%

» Additionally receiving votes: Cleveland’s one-point win in opposition to Boston on Nov. 2; Los Angeles Lakers’ win in opposition to Milwaukee on Dec. 2; New Orleans’ OT win in opposition to Phoenix on Dec. 11; Boston’s win in opposition to Milwaukee on Christmas Day; Golden State’s double OT win in opposition to Atlanta on Jan. 2

What has been the most effective play of the season?

1. Luka Doncic’s rebound off deliberately missed free throw and game-tying putback to power OT vs. New York on Dec. 27 – 43%
2. Aaron Gordon’s and-1 dunk over Phoenix’s Landry Shamet on Christmas Day – 27%
T-3. Zion Williamson’s 360-windmill dunk vs. Phoenix on Dec. 9 – 7%
T-3. De’Aaron Fox’s half-court game-winner vs. Orlando on Nov. 5 – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Kevin Durant’s crossover vs. Washington’s Daniel Gafford on Nov. 4; Donovan Mitchell’s putback after missed foul shot to power OT vs. Chicago on Jan. 2; AJ Griffin’s game-winner vs. Toronto on Nov. 19

Relive Luka Doncic’s unbelievable rebound-and-shot sequence on Dec. 28 vs. New York.

What has been essentially the most stunning storyline of the season?

1. Brooklyn’s bounce-back – 20%
2. Sacramento’s ascension -17%
3. Golden State’s inconsistency – 13%
T-4. Minnesota’s struggles -10%
T-4. Indiana’s begin -10%

» Additionally receiving votes: Utah staying in playoff competition; Boston’s robust begin following Ime Udoka’s suspension; Chicago’s Lonzo Ball with no timeline to return; New Orleans turning into a contender

Primarily based on what you’ve seen to date, which crew made the most effective general personnel strikes final summer time?

1. Cleveland – 67%
2. Utah – 10%
T-3. Boston – 7%
T-3. Denver -7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Brooklyn, Sacramento, Philadelphia

Which rookie has been the largest steal associated to the place he was chosen within the 2022 Draft?

1. Andrew Nembhard, Indiana (No. 31) – 30%
2. Walker Kessler, Utah (No. 22) – 23%
3. Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana (No. 6) – 17%

» Additionally receiving votes: Tari Eason, Houston (No. 17); Jalen Duren, Detroit (No. 13); AJ Griffin, Atlanta (No. 16); Jaden Hardy, Dallas (No. 37); Christian Koloko, Toronto (No. 33); Shaedon Sharpe, Portland (No. 7)


Awards

The survey’s media voters anticipate both Luka Doncic or Nikola Jokic to win Kia MVP.

Who’s on monitor to win the Kia MVP award this season?

1. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 43%
2. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 40%
T-3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 7%
T-3. Jayson Tatum, Boston – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn – 3%

Who’s on monitor to win Kia Rookie of the Yr this season?

1. Paolo Banchero, Orlando – 97%
2. Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana – 3%

Who’s on monitor to win Kia Defensive Participant of the Yr?

1. Brook Lopez, Milwaukee – 37%
2. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis – 27%
3. Jarrett Allen, Cleveland – 10%

» Additionally receiving votes: OG Anunoby, Toronto; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia; Bam Adebayo, Miami; Dillon Brooks, Memphis; Draymond Inexperienced, Golden State

Who’s on monitor to win the Kia Sixth Man of the Yr award?

1. Jordan Poole, Golden State – 33%
2. Malcolm Brogdon, Boston – 23%
T-3. Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana – 13%
T-3. Christian Wooden, Dallas – 13%

» Additionally receiving votes: Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers; Malik Monk, Sacramento; Norman Powell, LA Clippers; Bobby Portis, Milwaukee

Who’s on monitor to win the Kia Most Improved Participant award?

1. Lauri Markkanen, Utah – 53%
2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma Metropolis – 33%
T-3. Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana – 7%
T-3. Anfernee Simons, Portland – 7%

Who’s on monitor to win Coach of the Yr?

1. Jacque Vaughn, Brooklyn – 43%
T-2. Willie Inexperienced, New Orleans – 23%
T-2. Joe Mazzulla, Boston – 23%

» Additionally receiving votes: Mike Brown, Sacramento; Rick Carlisle, Indiana; J.B. Bickerstaff, Cleveland

Who’s on monitor to win the Clutch Participant of the Yr award?

1.   Luka Doncic, Dallas – 47%
2.   De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento – 13%
3.   Kevin Durant, Brooklyn 10%

» Additionally receiving votes: Damian Lillard, Portland; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma Metropolis; Jayson Tatum, Boston; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland; Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn


Participant Rankings

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The survey’s media voters listing Nikola Jokic as the most effective heart and passer within the recreation.

Who has been the most effective level guard this season?

1. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 80%
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 10%
3. Ja Morant, Memphis – 7%
4. Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana – 3%

Who has been the most effective taking pictures guard this season?

1. Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland – 62%
2. Devin Booker, Phoenix – 17%
T-3. Jaylen Brown, Boston – 7%
T-3. Jayson Tatum, Boston – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma Metropolis; Ja Morant, Memphis

Who has been the most effective small ahead this season?

1. Jayson Tatum, Boston – 62%
2. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn – 28%

» Additionally receiving votes: Luka Doncic, Dallas; LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers; Lauri Markkanen, Utah

Who has been the most effective energy ahead this season?

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 72%
2. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn – 14%
3. Zion Williamson, New Orleans – 10%

» Additionally receiving votes: Nikola Jokic, Denver

Who has been the most effective heart this season?

1. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 86%
2. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia – 14%

Who’s the most effective shooter within the league?

1.   Stephen Curry, Golden State – 97%
2.   Klay Thompson, Golden State – 3%

Who’s the most effective worldwide participant within the league?

1.   Nikola Jokic, Denver – 38%
2.   Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 34%
3.   Luka Doncic, Dallas – 28%

Who’s the most effective passer within the league?

1. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 65%
2. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers – 14%
T-3. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 7%
T-3. Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana – 7%
T-3. Chris Paul, Phoenix – 7%

Who’s the most effective rebounder within the league?

1. Domantas Sabonis, Sacramento – 38%
2. Steven Adams, Memphis – 21%
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 14%

» Additionally receiving votes: Clint Capela, Atlanta; Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers; Andre Drummond, Chicago; Rudy Gobert, Minnesota; Nikola Jokic, Denver; Mitchell Robinson, New York; Ivica Zubac, LA Clippers


Coaches

The survey’s media voters cite Joe Mazzulla because the first-year coach who has had essentially the most optimistic impression on his crew.

Which head coach makes the most effective in-game changes?

1. Tyronn Lue, LA Clippers – 60%
2. Erik Spoelstra, Miami – 17%
3. Rick Carlisle, Indiana – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee; Taylor Jenkins, Memphis; Steve Kerr, Golden State; Michael Malone, Denver; Nick Nurse, Toronto

Which coach attracts up the most effective ATOs (after timeout performs)?

1. Steve Kerr, Golden State – 21%
T-2. Rick Carlisle, Indiana – 10%
T-2. Jason Kidd, Dallas – 10%
T-2.Tyronn Lue, LA Clippers – 10%
T-2. Erik Spoelstra, Miami – 10%

» Additionally receiving votes: Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee; Mark Daigneault, Oklahoma Metropolis; Taylor Jenkins, Memphis; Nick Nurse, Toronto; Gregg Popovich, San Antonio; Monty Williams, Phoenix

Which first-year head coach has had essentially the most optimistic impression on his crew?

1. Joe Mazzulla, Boston – 37%
2. Jacque Vaughn, Brooklyn – 23%
3. Will Hardy, Utah – 20%

» Additionally receiving votes: Mike Brown, Sacramento; Darvin Ham, Los Angeles Lakers

Which present NBA assistant coach is poised to grow to be a head coach by the beginning of subsequent season?

1. Charles Lee, Milwaukee – 31%
2. Kenny Atkinson, Golden State – 28%
3. Sam Cassell, Philadelphia – 13%

» Additionally receiving votes: Jerome Allen, Detroit; Johnnie Bryant, New York; Dave Joerger, Philadelphia; Damon Stoudamire, Boston; Sean Sweeney, Dallas; Teresa Weatherspoon, New Orleans; Kevin Younger, Phoenix

Which energetic participant will make the most effective head coach sometime?

1. Chris Paul, Phoenix – 40%
2. Garrett Temple, New Orleans – 10%
T-3. Mike Conley Jr., Utah – 7%
T-3. Taj Gibson, Washington – 7%
T-3. Draymond Inexperienced, Golden State – 7%
T-3. Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Malcolm Brogdon, Boston; Jalen Brunson, New York; Danny Inexperienced, Memphis; Udonis Haslem, Miami; Jrue Vacation, Milwaukee; Kyle Lowry, Miami; Wesley Matthews, Milwaukee


Miscellaneous

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The survey’s media voters listing Kevin Durant because the hardest participant to protect within the NBA.

Who’s essentially the most underrated participant within the league?

1. Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana – 13%
2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma Metropolis – 10%
T-3. Brook Lopez, Milwaukee – 7%
T-3. Domantas Sabonis, Sacramento – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Bam Adebayo, Miami; OG Anunoby, Toronto; Desmond Bane, Memphis; Bol Bol, Orlando; Mikal Bridges, Phoenix; Jaylen Brown, Boston; Brandon Clarke, Memphis; Darius Garland, Cleveland; Jrue Vacation, Milwaukee; LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers; Lauri Markkanen, Utah; Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia; CJ McCollum, New Orleans; Evan Mobley, Cleveland; Larry Nance Jr., New Orleans; Anfernee Simons, Portland; Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio

Who’s the hardest participant to protect?

1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn – 38%
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 23%
3. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 20%

» Additionally receiving votes: Stephen Curry, Golden State; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia; Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn; LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Which participant forces opposing coaches to take advantage of changes?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State – 24%
2. Luka Doncic, Dallas – 21%
T-3. Nikola Jokic, Denver – 17%
T-3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 17%

» Additionally receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia; Zion Williamson, New Orleans

Who’s the scrappiest participant within the league?

1. Jose Alvarado, New Orleans – 31%
2. Marcus Good, Boston – 24%
3. Jrue Vacation, Milwaukee – 10%

» Additionally receiving votes: OG Anunoby, Toronto; Dillon Brooks, Memphis; Alex Caruso, Chicago; Josh Hart, Portland; Herb Jones, New Orleans; T.J. McConnell, Indiana; Davion Mitchell, Sacramento; Ja Morant, Memphis

Which crew has the most effective homecourt benefit?

1. Golden State – 37%
2. Boston – 27%
3. Denver – 17%
4. Milwaukee – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Sacramento, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia

Which crew has essentially the most promising younger core?

1. Memphis – 43%
2. Orlando – 20%
3. New Orleans -17%
4. Cleveland -10%

» Additionally receiving votes: Oklahoma Metropolis, Boston

Which rookie would be the greatest all-around participant in 5 years?

1. Paolo Banchero, Orlando – 73%
2. Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana – 10%
3. Jabari Smith Jr., Houston – 7%

» Additionally receiving votes: Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma Metropolis; Jaden Ivey, Detroit; Shaedon Sharpe, Portland.


NBA Midseason Survey members:

Atlanta Hawks: Lauren Williams / The Atlanta JournalStructure 

Boston Celtics: Gary Washburn / The Boston Globe 

Brooklyn Nets: Brian Lewis / New York Put up 

Charlotte Hornets: Rod Boone / The Charlotte Observer 

Chicago Bulls: K.C. Johnson / NBC Sports activities Chicago 

Cleveland Cavaliers: Chris Fedor / The Plain Seller; Cleveland.com 

Dallas Mavericks: Callie Caplan / The Dallas Morning Information 

Denver Nuggets: Mike Singer / The Denver Put up 

Detroit Pistons: Omari Sankofa II / Detroit Free Press 

Golden State Warriors: Anthony Slater / The Athletic 

Houston Rockets: Kelly Iko / The Athletic

Indiana Pacers: Dustin Dopirak / Indianapolis Star 

LA Clippers: Ohm Youngmisuk / ESPN

Los Angeles Lakers: Dave McMenamin / ESPN 

Memphis Grizzlies: Damichael Cole / The Industrial Attraction 

Miami Warmth: Ira Winderman / South Florida Sun Sentinel 

Milwaukee Bucks: Jim Owczarski / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Minnesota Timberwolves: Jon Krawczynski / The Athletic 

New Orleans Pelicans: Christian Clark / The OccasionsPicayune

New York Knicks: Fred Katz / The Athletic 

Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: Joe Mussatto / The Oklahoman 

Orlando Magic: Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel 

Philadelphia 76ers: Keith Pompey / The Philadelphia Inquirer 

Phoenix Suns: Duane Rankin / Arizona Republic 

Portland Path Blazers: Jason Quick / The Athletic 

Sacramento Kings: Jason Anderson / The Sacramento Bee

San Antonio Spurs: Jeff McDonald / San Antonio Specific-Information

Toronto Raptors: Doug Smith / Toronto Star

Utah Jazz: Tony Jones / The Athletic

Washington Wizards: Josh Robbins / The Athletic

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