NBA fans would love to ‘pal around’ with LeBron James

February 19, 2018

As the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepared for the 67th NBA All-Star Game on February 18 at the Staples Center, findings of a poll released on February 15 by YouGov Omnibus showed that the Cavs’ all-time leading scorer, Forward-Guard LeBron James is the player whom fans nationwide“would like to hang out with most.”

And it is no shock that the Warriors’ Guard Stephen Curry came in number two, followed by his team’s Forward Kevin Durant and Guard Klay Thompson.

The All-Star players fans reported being least interested in hanging out with were Portland’s Damian Lillard, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, and Detroit’s Andre Drummond.

When it comes to predicting which team would win the big game—Team LeBron or Team Steph—fans were perfectly split down the middle at 32% each.

Meanwhile, both black and Hispanic fans were more likely to favor Team Steph over Team LeBron, while white fans were rooting for Team LeBron over Team Steph.

Additional data reveals that shooting is the one aspect of basketball that NBA fans enjoy the most (37%). Next come dunking (20%), passing (11%), and dribbling (8%).

Fans age 55 and over are far more likely to say shooting is their favorite aspect of the game (49%) than those aged 18-34 (26%). Meanwhile, young people interested in the NBA are more likely to prefer dunking (22%) than their older peers (14%).

As for the All-Star weekend itself, nearly one-third (31%) of all Americans indicated that they would watch at least some of the activities, whether that was attending in person or watching the highlights.

Research contact: paul.hiebert@yougov.com

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