Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

GMs' poll: KLove is game's best PF and lots of other stuff

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: October 22, 2012 - 10:49 PM

NBA.com poll all 30 NBA general managers anonymously on all sorts of things and here's some of what they think, as released today.

You can find it here.

Some highlights:

* They consider Kevin Love the league's best power forward, although not nearly by as large a margin as they consider Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard the best at their respective positions.

Love got 30 percent of the vote, with Dirk Nowitzki second at 23.3 percent and James third at 16.7 percent even though he also was voted best small forward with a 73.3 percent margin over Kevin Durant.

Love also was voted the best offensive rebounder over Denver's Kenneth Faried and Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins and Lakers center Dwight Howard and he was voted tops, too, as the player who makes the most of his limited natural ability, over Miami's Shane Battier and Memphis' Marc Gasol.

* Three GMs picked the Wolves to be most improved, which placed them in a second-place tie with the Lakers behind clear-cut winner Brooklyn.

* Two GMs each voted for Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy as the "most underrated player acquisition," a category which Denver won by trading for Andre Iguodala.

* Kirilenko also got a vote for best international player. Nowitzki was first, Pau Gasol second in that category.

A couple other general things about the poll:

* Miami is the favorite to repeat as champions, getting 70 percent of the vote to the Lakers' 23.3 and OKC's 6.7 percent.

* LeBron James won three categories: MVP, player whom GMs would start a franchise with and the players who forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments.

* The Lakers by far made the best off-season moves and the Dwight Howard move was the biggest acquisition, way more than the Lakers picking up Steve Nash even.

 

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Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
ULM 58 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58
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