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Survey Says: NBA GMs don't think the Nets have much of a chance at winning, well, anything this season

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The annual NBA GMS surveys have been compiled by the league, where all 30 teams' General Managers vote on who they think will win the NBA Finals, win Division titles, and hand out annual award predictions. It's a fun, meaningless exercise.

The rules are simple, in that each GM is asked to fill out a survey and they are not allowed to vote for their own team or personnel. The percentages are then complied based on the number of respondents to the questions, and not as a percentage of 30 respondents, as John Schuhmann of notes.

Here are a few Brooklyn Nets-related highlights from this year's survey:

- The Nets did not receive a vote to win the 2015 NBA Finals, which is the same as last year.

- Brooklyn received zero votes to win the Eastern Conference, but did receive 19.2% of the votes to win the Atlantic Division, trailing the Toronto Raptors who picked up 76.9% of the votes. Last season, the Nets received 75.9% of the votes to win the Atlantic.

- In terms of MVP votes or "If you were starting a franchise today, which player would you..." votes, no Nets players received any recognition from the League's GMs. No real surprise there.

- Brook Lopez did receive a vote in the category of "Which player is most likely to have a  breakout season in 2014-15?" Lopez is currently out with an ankle injury and coming off multiple surgeries this past season, but if he can stay healthy, he's certainly among the top candidates to have a breakout season.

- Bojan Bogdanovic received one vote for being the "Most underrated player acquisition" of the offseason, as well as a vote for being a "steal" in his draft class. As of now, the rookie is slotted in to be the starting shooting guard for the Nets. He did not, however, receive any votes for 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year.

- Lionel Hollins picked up one vote for Best Coach in the NBA. Another vote went to Tom Thibodeau of the Bulls, while the rest went to Gregg Popovich of the Spurs.

- Jarrett Jack tied with Mike Conley, picking up 6% of the votes for "Which active player will make the best head coach someday?"

- Kevin Garnett received one vote for the "Toughest player in the NBA," one vote for "Best basketball IQ" and 10.7% for the NBA's "Best leader."

So, there you have it. Nothing too spectacular for the Nets, but as this season is going, that seems to be a common, more welcomed theme. Last year's team received plenty of praise and brought upon high expectations that they were never able to match. This year, as we've heard the players and coaching staff say, being able to take care of basketball-related business and not have to worry about winning 60 games is a good thing. They can move at their own pace, which could ultimately make this team more dangerous.