In a recent poll undertaken on the 2014 NBA Draft class, the newest rookies voted Kevin Durant as their #1 guy.
Usually a result like this would have been a surprise, but since Durant’s MVP year last season and his subsequent “You the real MVP” speech – the world just cannot get enough of their main man.
Kevin Durant took 25% of the votes and lead from Kobe Bryant (19.4%), LeBron James (12.5%), Carmelo Anthony (8.3%) and tied for 5th place were Paul George and Kyrie Irving with 5.6% of the votes each.
It’s not just the NBA rookies either. KD has fast become a fan favorite, media darling and judging from the interest he has received from other franchises and sponsors, he is the top of everyone’s list for anything and everything.
He is also #1 for the Oklahoma City Thunder and it appears as though KD is putting OKC first as well. Durant recently withdrew from Team USA and the FIBA World Cup citing mental and physical fatigue. While there is no doubt he was the face of Team USA, they have respected his decision and the Thunder franchise must be quietly happy that he will focus on being ready to go for the upcoming NBA season.
Last season was the first time Kevin Durant was able to finally finish #1. After a creative marketing campaign around him always being Number 2, the Thunder small forward took home the MVP title and another scoring title. He made numerous fans with his play on court and demeanor off it.
Now he is #1 among the leagues newest batch of “stars in the making”.
Other Thunder notable results from the NBA Rookie survey were:
– Mitch McGary was voted second most “overlooked” rookie. He was also named sixth funniest rookie.
– Josh Huestis received a couple of votes for the best defender in the class (although we will only be seeing these defensive skills for Tulsa in the upcoming season)
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