As the Miami Heat face-off against the San Antonio Spurs tonight for the first game of the NBA Finals, the annual survey of the most popular NBA players has been released. Conducted by E-Score®, a leading consumer research service that provides information to media and entertainment companies, the survey shows only one player from each of the Spurs and the Heat made the top-10 list.
The survey combined scores for “appeal” and “talent” to determine the overall most popular players for this past season. Notably missing from the top-10 list was Miami Heat’s LeBron James, who had high scores for talent but one of the lowest scores for appeal, which dragged him down to #27 (32 percent of respondents found him appealing, 55 percent talented).
The top 10 most popular NBA players for this past season, in descending order (percentage of respondents who find player appealing/talented follow name)
Among the lowest ranking players was Kris Humphries, with only 16 percent of respondents finding him appealing and 24 percent talented.