Steph Curry is almost wholly responsible for ushering in a new age of basketball. After several seasons of putting his talents on display, the 2x MVP transformed the NBA into a shooters league — a world no longer dominated by big men having their way in the post.
As a result, Curry has become one of the most marketable faces in sports and is favored by fans worldwide for his game and personality both on and off the court.
So when the results of NBA.com’s annual Rookie survey revealed that Steph was not among the most favored players in the league, it gave everyone a bit of a shock.
1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers — 38%
2. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn — 20%
3. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers — 8%
Damian Lillard, Portland — 8%
5. Devin Booker, Phoenix — 5%
James Harden, Houston — 5%
Others receiving votes: Jamal Crawford; Kevin Garnett; Paul George, LA Clippers; C.J. McCollum, Portland; Steve Nash; Pascal Siakam, Toronto; Russell Westbrook, Houston.
Curry received a whopping zero votes in the poll, getting beat by LeBron, Kevin Durant, Paul George, and even CJ McCollum (to name a few).
There is no explanation given, but perhaps the Warriors’ unquestioned reign at the top gave some folks a bit of Curry “fatigue?”
Whatever the case, the 6x All-Star will have his eyes set on redemption this upcoming season, whether folks like him or not. Without Durant and Klay, expect Curry to have one of his most dominant seasons yet.