LeBron James is the most popular player in the NBA for the first time since 2008-09, according to ESPN’s Sports Poll. The 2x NBA champion beat out Kobe Bryant by .4 percent as Kevin Durant came in third, Derrick Rose in fourth, and Dwyane Wade in fifth.
Nearly 13 percent (12.9) of NBA fans said James was their favorite player this season, allowing him to best Kobe Bryant (12.5) for the first time since the 2008-09 season. That was the only other season when James passed theLos Angeles Lakers star, the top pick by fans for five of six years from 2006-07 to 2011-12.
Rounding out the top five are Kevin Durant (3.6 percent), Derrick Rose (2.8) and Dwyane Wade(2.6).