Just last year, Kobe Bryant was named the most popular player in the NBA by the 2013 rookie draft class with a majority vote of 21.2 percent.
However, this year, Bryant has slipped to second with 19.4 percent of the vote.
After a major rise in votes, Kevin Durant (up from 12.1 percent last year to 25.0 percent this summer) is now the league’s most popular player among rookies, according to the NBA’s annual Rookie Survey. LeBron James has also dropped in the poll, falling from second last year (15.2 percent) to third this summer (12.5 percent).
Bryant’s fall can likely be attributed to the fact that he played in just six games last season due to injury, while KD’s rise was likely down to the 25-year-old winning his first Most Valuable Player award earlier this year.
Carmelo Anthony (8.3 percent) came fourth in the popularity poll while Paul George and Kyrie Irving (5.6 percent) tied for fifth.