Web Editorial Associate
The 2017 WNBA.com GM Survey was released on Thursday afternoon and the Minnesota Lynx were well-represented.
The GM Survey is an annual survey where all 12 WNBA general managers vote on the league’s best teams, players, coaches, offseason moves and more.
Here are some of the highlights:
Which team will win the 2017 WNBA Finals?
The Lynx, who have won three WNBA Championships in the last six seasons, are favorites among WNBA general managers to make that four titles in seven years, receiving 42 percent of the votes.
The Los Angeles Sparks (33 percent), Washington Mystics (17 percent) and Atlanta Dream (eight percent) trailed Minnesota in the category.
Which team will have the most (regular-season) wins in the Western Conference?
The Lynx, coming off of a franchise-best 28-6 record in 2016, tied with the Sparks for 50 percent of the votes. Los Angeles finished 26-8 in the regular season last year.
Who will win the 2017 WNBA MVP?
Maya Moore tied with Los Angeles’ Candace Parker for fourth in this category, receiving eight percent of the votes.
Elena Delle Donne (42 percent), Tina Charles (25 percent) and Nneka Ogwumike (17 percent) finished ahead of Moore and Parker.
Which sleeper rookie is most likely to be a success?
Minnesota rookie Alexis Jones tied with Dallas’ Kaela Davis and Atlanta’s Brittney Sykes for first, receiving 17 percent of the votes.
Jones was selected No. 12 overall, while Davis was selected at No. 10 and Sykes at No. 7.
Who is the best forward in the WNBA?
Moore finished first in this category, receiving 33 percent of the votes. Nneka Ogwumike and Tina Charles tied for second (17 percent) and Cappie Pondexter and Skylar Diggins-Smith tied for third (eight percent).
Moore also finished second in the best guard category (17 percent of the votes), which tells you how highly the WNBA GM’s think of Moore.
Who is the best center in the WNBA?
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles finished first in this category, tying with Tina Charles at 42 percent of the votes.
Elizabeth Williams and Brittney Griner each received eight percent of the votes.
Who is the best head coach in the WNBA?
Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve overwhelmingly took first in both the best overall coach and best manager/motivator categories.
Reeve received 33 percent of the votes for the best overall head coach and 42 percent of the votes as the best manager/motivator of people.
Which player is the best at getting her own shot?
Two Lynx players finished in the top three of this category, with Moore claiming the top spot.
Moore finished in first with 33 percent of the votes, while Seimone Augustus placed third at 17 percent.
Who is the toughest player in the WNBA?
Out of the nine players who were voted for in this category, four of them are Lynx players.
Lindsay Whalen took first, earning 25 percent of the votes. Moore, Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson each tied for third with eight percent of the votes.
Who is the best interior defender in the WNBA?
In a list that is filled with some of the top post players in the league, Fowles took first with 33 percent of the votes.
Brittney Griner (25 percent) placed second and Elizabeth Williams (17 percent) took third.
If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the WNBA, who would it be?
Moore, entering her seventh season in the league, placed second in this category with 25 percent of the votes. Breanna Stewert finished in first with 33 percent of the votes.
Which team has the best home-court advantage?
Minnesota took first in this category and it wasn’t really even close at all. The Lynx received 58 percent of the votes, finishing ahead of Phoenix and Seattle in second (17 percent) and Dallas in third (eight percent).
Well done, Lynx fans.
Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
Seven on the 12 WNBA GM’s agreed that Moore is the player they would like taking a shot with the game on the line.
Moore finished with 58 percent of the votes, beating Diana Taurasi (33 percent) and Alana Beard (eight percent).
What is the single most effective individual offensive move in the game?
Two of the three players who tied for first in this category are Lynx players.
Augustus’ crossover and Moore’s pull-up tied with Tina Charles’ hook shot to receive 17 percent of the votes.
Many are excited for the 2017 season and watching along as the Lynx try to get back to the WNBA Finals and win their fourth championship in seven years. And, apparently, the WNBA general managers are too.
You can view the entire WNBA.com survey here.