August 23, 2017
NBA Rookies Don't F*ck With Steph Curry
Hey everyone, for Complex News, I’m Justin Block. Every summer, the NBA surveys its rookies about some basic things when coming into the league. Like, who they think are the best shooters, what the toughest NBA adjustment will be, and of course, who their favorite player is. And this year, for that last category, Steph Curry got no love, again. In fact, Steph Curry hasn’t gotten any love since the NBA started doing the survey eight years ago. He’s never once been listed as even one rookie’s favorite player. Granted, Steph didn’t become the superstar he is today until 2014, but still: You’d think that the dazzling shooter with a clean image, and two MVPs and two rings to his name, would be popular amongst the NBA’s bumper crop. But nope. Even guys like Jamal Crawford and Pau Gasol got votes ahead of Curry in this year’s 39 player rookie survey. So if Curry, whose jersey sales are far and away the most in the NBA, isn’t who NBA rookies love, where does that leave the rest of the league? Well, in the hands of LeBron James. He earned the highest percentage of the vote, coming in at 31.5 percent—well ahead of Russell Westbrook, who finished second with 19.5 percent. Amongst rookies right now, LeBron is their rightful king. While Kevin Durant’s been the rookie class’ favorite player for the past three seasons, LeBron trumped him too—that move to the Warriors must’ve rubbed some rookies the wrong way. But LeBron as the top pick makes sense. Most of these rookies are in their late teens and early 20s, meaning they all grew up in the LeBron Era. The guy’s only been the league’s best player for the past decade, after all. We should’ve seen this coming too. Earlier this month, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball was asked a simple, but always controversial question: Kobe or LeBron? So it’s clear that in today’s NBA, it’s the king’s court now. That's the news for now, but for more on the NBA, be sure to subscribe to Complex on YouTube today. For Complex News, I’m Justin Block.
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