NBA GMs praise Chris Paul’s passing, baskeball IQ and coaching skills

The annual NBA.com GM survey is a chance for the league’s top decision-makers to reflect on the previous season’s trends and share their often-unheard voice.

Based on the survey’s results, many people think highly of Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul.

Paul was named the league’s best passer, the league’s smartest player and the player most likely to succeed as a head coach.

Here is breakdown of the results of the GM survey:

Which player is the best passer?

1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 71.4%

2. LeBron James, Cleveland — 10.7%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State — 7.1%

Rajon Rondo, Sacramento — 7.1%

5. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota — 3.6%

Which active player will make the best head coach someday?

1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 25.0%

2. Mike Conley, Memphis — 14.3%

3. Steve Blake, Detroit — 12.5%

4. Andre Miller, Minnesota — 7.1%

5. Jarrett Jack, Brooklyn — 5.4%

Which player has the best basketball IQ?

1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 46.4%

2. LeBron James, Cleveland — 35.7%

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State — 10.7%

 

4. Tim Duncan, San Antonio — 7.1%

 

Paul also received recognition in the game’s best point guards (he finished behind Stephen Curry), the game’s best perimeter defender, the most difficult player to game plan for, the game’s best leader and the game’s toughest player.

Despite the Clippers’ recent playoff failures, Paul’s standing among the league clearly couldn’t be any higher.