According to CBSSports.com, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was the NBA's most likable All-Star last season.
Durant finished with a score of 88, one point ahead of Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, who tied for second.
The website had four of its experts vote on five characteristics that make NBA players likable: “Ballin' Ability” (how good a guy is as a player); “Winning Attitude” (how dedicated he is to the game); “Talking Softly” (how he comes across in public comments); “Commercial Appeal” (how visible he is in advertisements); and “Public Works” (charitable contributions and other character-defining achievements).
The panel ranked every 2011 All-Star on a 1-5 scale in each of the categories and added up the scores.
Here is what CBSSports.com said of Durant: “Surprised? You shouldn't be. It's virtually impossible to find fault with the NBA's scoring champ. Durant combines (Derrick) Rose's humble nature, (Dirk) Nowitzki's impossible scoring touch, (Blake) Griffin's ‘new-car smell,' (Dwight) Howard's technological accessibility and a Bryant-esque work ethic. He's polite, he's shown he has what it takes to win in the playoffs at a young age, he's popular on an international stage already and the best is yet to come. He's confident, but not cocky. He's a gunner, but he comes off as unselfish. He's team-first and loyal, much like (Chris) Paul, and he's locked in long-term so there's no doubt or question about his future motives (at least not yet). Put it all together, and Durant is enjoying the ultimate honeymoon period with the NBA fans. We love potential, and Durant still has plenty of that. Also, he wears a backpack. Score: 88.”
Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook tied for 20th.
“Still just a half-touch too far up the ‘might be crazy' scale to be totally likable at this point in his career,” the website said of Westbrook. “Westbrook is still stuck in Durant's shadow, although he showed with his fearless play in the 2011 postseason that he might one day eclipse KD in terms of sheer star power. Could be a fast riser in future renditions of these rankings, especially if he can cut down his turnovers and shake a developing reputation as a bit of a late-game ball hog. Saying something interesting after a game once in a while wouldn't hurt either. Score: 55.”
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