NBA GM survey: Warriors expected to repeat, LeBron will be MVP

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

As was the case in last year's annual survey, the NBA's general managers feel only two teams have a shot at hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy this season: The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors raked in 93 percent of the total votes, which is the largest number any team has garnered in the 16-year history of the survey. The Cavaliers received the remaining seven percent.

In the race for the 2017-18 Most Valuable Player award, GMs are once again showing love to LeBron James, predicting he'll take home the hardware for the fifth time, and first since 2013.

Player Team Percent of votes
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 50
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors 29
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 11
James Harden Houston Rockets 7
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 4

The choices for the best player at each position are also nearly the same across the board, with the only difference being Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves as the league's best center over last year's top vote-getter DeAndre Jordan.

Position Winner Team Percent of votes Runner-up
PG Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 62 Russell Westbrook
SG James Harden Houston Rockets 83 Klay Thompson
SF LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 61 Kevin Durant
PF Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 41 LeBron James
C Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 28 Anthony Davis