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Kevin Durant Passes Kobe As Favorite Player Among NBA Rookies

Over the past decade or so, Kobe Bryant has been arguably the most popular player in the NBA without much competition. LeBron James has been inching closer and closer to Kobe in terms of popularity over the years, but the two-time NBA champion has continues to take a backseat to the future Hall of Famer.

Interestingly enough, Kobe’s popularity has taken a slight hit over the last two years with Kevin Durant surpassing the five-time NBA champion in the popularity category among NBA rookies this year.

According to a poll conducted by NBA.com, Durant is quite popular among the 2014 rookie class:

1: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City –25.0 percent
2: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers — 19.4 percent
3: LeBron James, Cleveland — 12.5 percent
4: Carmelo Anthony, New York — 8.3 percent
T-5: Paul George, Indiana — 5.6 percent
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland — 5.6 percent

Others receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers; Monta Ellis, Dallas; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers; James Harden, Houston; Dwight Howard, Houston; Lamar Odom; Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

Last year, Kobe was atop this poll with 21.2 percent of rookies calling the Lakers star their favorite player.

If Kobe is able to have a bounce back year in the 2014-15 season, rookies coming out of school next summer may have the perennial All-Star back on top in this poll. Until then, the reigning NBA MVP leads the way with many more years of dominance potentially on the horizon in Oklahoma City.

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  • meep

    understandable because KD is more the player rookies grew up on since he started in 2003 while kobe started in 96

    • Spade

      KD started in 2003? I could have sworn he was drafted in 2007

      • Allie

        You are correct. KD was drafted in 2007. Lebron was drafted in 2003.

        • meep

          lol why did i think he was drafted in 2003 oops my bad

  • LakerSpartan117

    I bet that even when Kobe retires he’ll still be close to the top that list for some reason! LOL. But if I had to pick from any of those guys on that list that I would rather have on top other than Kobe, it would be KD. Well deserved too.

  • Jordan Kellogg Wallace

    Because Kobe missed the whole season. He will be back at the top after this year

    • Jim213

      • Mambanation

        LOL thats hella funny bro

        • Jordan Kellogg Wallace

          Lmao im deadass. Durant won an MVP last year. Think thats a coincidence. People like the best. Think about it, whens the last time someone said D. Rose was their fav player? But if he come back strong. . . .

  • Duckathon

    That sounds about right. Forgot how young Durant is.

  • lazky

    You guys are forgetting kobe didn’t play last year so a bunch of these rookies didn’t get to play against him.

  • KB24

    not that important: all i know is that wiggins,embiid,exum,randle are KOBE FANS
    4 OUT OF TOP 10

  • Eman94

    This comes as no surprise at all. KD has become the most liked player in the league and basically in all of professional sports. Kobe is my favorite player but he and LeBron will always have their legions of haters. KD is a lot like Tim Duncan, they’re both hard to dislike and most people tend to respect them.

  • 3339

    can’t believe he of all players quit team USA, especially at this point.

  • Dont trip

    Kobe is still favorite, this is just their biased opinion. My opinion? Don’t even worry about it just know its KOBE

  • Mambanation

    kobe is gonna pass the torch to KD when he come in 2016 =)

  • Carlo Montano

    no offense KD, but at least you get to pass kobe even for this once. lol

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