The annual NBA.com GM Survey, released Wednesday, says the Lakers are the team to beat, according to 63 percent of the 28 general managers who responded.
The Boston Celtics were the pick of 4 percent.
"LeBron's a two-time MVP, so just like the Lakers are the favorite, he's still the favorite to win MVP because you can't take it away from him until someone does," Heat guard Wade told reporters Wednesday.
Other winners included John Wall as the league's rookie of the year (68 percent); Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz as the league's best point guard (60 percent); Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Pau Gasol of the Lakers as the top power forward (29 percent); Howard as the league's top center (96 percent); James as the best small forward (68 percent); and Bryant as the top shooting guard (86 percent).
Nowitzki also was voted the top international player and Durant as the player the GMs most would like to start a franchise with. Howard was named as the league's top defensive player on 79 percent of the ballots.
Bryant (79 percent) was the pick of the GMs as the player they'd rely on to take a shot with the game on the line.
The Thunder were picked as the "most fun team to watch" by 52 percent of the respondents, while the Jazz were picked by 46 percent as the team with the best home-court advantage.
Phil Jackson, who returned to the Lakers, was voted the league's best coach (39 percent).
Information from ESPN TrueHoop blogger Henry Abbott is included in this report.