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Annual GM survey; Ben Simmons; Brooklyn Nets; LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers; predictions, news, updates

The NBA’s general managers apparently don’t expect much from the Lakers this season.

In the league’s annual GM survey, published on Tuesday, NBA GMs picked the Lakers to finish eighth in the Western Conference in 2022-23.

In last year’s survey, 80 percent of GM votes picked the Lakers to win the West.

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The LeBron James-led Lakers finished 33-49 last season, allowing the third-most points per game (115.1) in the NBA. A failed Big Three experiment in James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, along with a plethora of injuries, contributed to the team’s lackluster season.

The GMs responded to 50 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches and offseason moves, and were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. In the survey, the voting…

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