SAN FRANCISCO – If general managers around the NBA are to be believed, the Warriors are on the verge of making another jump in the standings.
At least one GM picks them to win it all.
In the annual survey of league GMs by NBA.com, the Warriors were the sixth-most popular choice to win the NBA Finals and the fourth-most popular to win the Western Conference finals.
In 13 years of surveys, never have they been selected to finish so high.
"It doesn't mean anything to us as a group of players and coaches," coach Steve Kerr said at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. "It means a lot to our organization because we want to be entertaining. We're in the entertainment business.
"What matters to us is just getting better, getting the most out of what we have and being the best team we can be."
Further illustrating the improved perception of the Warriors, GMs chose them as "most fun to watch," and cited Oracle Arena as the third-best homecourt advantage.
GMs also chose point guard Stephen Curry as the league's best shooter and associate head coach Alvin Gentry as the best assistant.
Kerr was unaware of the results published Wednesday morning but considered it "awesome" that Gentry was considered the top assistant, grinning widely and saying "that's why I went after him."
Other Warriors featured prominently in the survey:
Shooting guard Klay Thompson ranked third among players expected to have a breakout season. Pelicans forward Anthony Davis topped the poll.
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Curry received votes for the best point guard (fourth) and best shooting guard (tied for third with Lakers star Kobe Bryant). Thompson finished second behind Rockets star James Harden.
Forward Andre Iguodala and Thompson tied for fourth for best perimeter defender. Cleveland's LeBron James and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard finished 1-2.
Consider it evidence of how the Warriors have come so far, so fast. They now have all the respect they can eat.