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Stephen Curry tops LeBron, now America’s favorite NBA player, per poll

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Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has supplanted LeBron James and now stands as the most popular NBA player in America, according to the findings of Public Policy Polling study, via an ESPN report. The study was conducted shortly after Curry won the NBA MVP Award, arguably influencing the results to some degree.

Referencing how NBA fans cannot agree on which team they want to win the NBA title (the Warriors top the list at 19 percent with the Bulls second at 17 percent), the results of the poll indicates “[p]eople are similarly divided when it comes to who their favorite player in the league is- 19% pick Stephen Curry to 18% for LeBron James, 14% for Kobe Bryant, 13% for Kevin Durant, 10% for Tim Duncan, 5% for Derrick Rose, and 4% each for Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Paul.” Twelve percent, however, responded with “Someone else/Not sure.”

1,471 registered voters were surveyed between May 7 and May 10 and the margin for error is a reported +/- 2.6 percent. Given Curry narrowly edged out James, it’s statistically within reason that James remains America’s favorite NBA player.

It’s not all rosy or flattering for James, however, when it comes to the results of another poll question. While it may not come as much of a surprise that the poll indicates a whopping 77 percent believe Michael Jordan is the best player of all-time and only 14 percent give the nod to James, the fact that 34 percent of NBA fans believe MJ — at 54 years old — could still beat King James one-on-one is a tad mind-blowing. Ouch.

The poll also sought out opinions on the PGA Tour, the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, as well as the Stanley Cup Playoffs. See all the results here.