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    Warriors' Steph Curry Second-best Leader to Damian Lillard, NBA GMs Say
    Drew Shiller
    Warriors' Steph Curry second-best leader to Damian Lillard, NBA GMs say

    Warriors superstar Steph Curry is revered by his teammates and organization, and considered a fantastic leader.

    Damian Lillard -- by all accounts -- is beloved by his Blazers teammates and franchise, and viewed as an awesome leader as well.

    So it wasn't a surprise to see the following results to one specific question in NBA.com's 18th annual GM Survey:

    Which player is the best leader?

    1. Damian Lillard, Portland -- 41 percent
    2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 37 percent
    3. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 15 percent

    Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Chris Paul, Oklahoma City

    Sure, Warriors fans probably think Curry should reside in the No. 1 spot. But this finding isn't a knock on the two-time NBA MVP, as it's more highlighting the positive perception (and reality) of Lillard.

    Besides, Dame hails from Oakland and practically is slander-free in these parts. He grew up going to Warriors games at Oracle Arena. That's really cool.

    [RELATEDNBA GM survey: Curry receives the second-most MVP votes]

    But we will remind everybody that Curry and the Warriors eliminated Lillard and the Blazers from the playoffs in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

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