GM surveys are fun. Because polls are fun. The information is right in front of you, without much need for the necessity to think anything through. People love black-and-white, and that's what questions like "Who is the best small forward in the NBA?" or "Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?" aim to accomplish. It's an easy question to answer without any repercussions, especially when everything is anonymous.
So once in a while, we'll end up reading a couple relatively ridiculous responses that leave our collective fan-heads shaking. You can find the full survey here. Kevin Love is apparently the player that has made the most of his natural ability. Never mind that he is nearly seven-feet tall, and has essentially the same max vertical coming out of college as Dwight Howard; 35 inches to 35.5 inches, respectively. You can go through the rest of the measurements there - I'm not wasting my time learning something we should all know - and it's easy to apply the "eye test" to his peripherals. Love can not only hoop but has the requisite talent and ability to do so. Has he made the most of what he has? Perhaps, but he had a lot to begin with. How about a guy like Andre Miller or Zach Randolph? Nah, go get the white guy.
This leads us into the "Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA?" question. James Harden came in first, with Kobe Bryant second (old habits die hard) and (surprise!) Stephen Curry in at third along with Kevin Durant and Paul George. It's obvious the GMs are lax in their consideration of what Curry represents but perhaps this is more a reflection of the current NBA's position-less nature.
Players once considered tweeners are now matchup problems; guys flitting between positions now valuable commodities on both sides of the ball. There's a place for players like Steve Novak, Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young, Paul Millsap and, yes, Monta Ellis. Curry was too small to defend and get his shot off in the NBA, according to scouts, but is now one of the deadliest shot-creators and all-around offensive players in the league. We're not sure if the anonymous GMs actually consider Curry a shooting guard - he spent a bit of time off-ball last season with Jarrett Jack handling - but it's a common misconception that the now fifth-year veteran is strictly a shooter and nothing else, at least to the layfan (just made that word up).
Perhaps that wasn't the case and this is all a nod to the NBA's growing buzzwords to describe different types of players. 3-and-D players, elite defensive stalwarts, shooters and rim protectors have replaced most of the common point guard, shooting guard, small forward descriptions for players. Instead of assigning a player a position, we're categorizing that player due to their actual play instead of fitting a square into a circle. In this instance, Curry can be considered a shooting guard. Because he shoots. But he can also pass. So point guard? Whatever he is, he's a helluva player. I think everyone can agree on that.