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Google’s most searched NBA player in 2013? LeBron. Top trending team? Do you have to ask?

Dec 17, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Google search records are not the best way to test the popularity of something, but it is a pretty democratic way. Bottom line is you find out who people want to find out more about.

As a fun little NBA treat, Google released Tuesday their most searched NBA players… and if you have to guess who was on top you’re not really paying attention.

1.LeBron James
2. Jeremy Lin
3. Michael Jordan
4. Kobe Bryant
5. Dwight Howard
6. Derrick Rose
7. Kevin Durant
8. Blake Griffin
9. Ray Allen
10. Steve Nash

LeBron on top is not a surprise. Jeremy Lin second… a mild surprise but it shouldn’t be. His popularity has never been in question. After that we learn MJ is still ahead of Kobe, who is still ahead of Dwight. Didn’t expect Ray Allen and Steve Nash over guys like Stephen Curry, but that’s who people care about.

As for the top trending teams, that had a few surprises:

1. Miami Heat
2. New Orleans Pelicans
3. Golden State Warriors
4. San Antonio Spurs
5. Houston Rockets
6. Sacramento Kings
7. Indiana Pacers
8. Memphis Grizzlies
9. Detroit Pistons
10. Milwaukee Bucks

No Knicks or Bulls from the big markets. I like watching the Pelicans play (well, when Anthony Davis is healthy) but I didn’t see that coming.

(Hat tip to Lang at All Ball for finding the list.)

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Lebron …Surprise surprise…

    Teams: Pelicans, Kings, Griz, Pistons and Bucks? Those are all surprising to me.

  2. maximusprime107 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Not surprised at all about the Pelicans, I’m willing to bet more than half of the people searching them are just wondering who the hell are the New Orleans Pelicans

  3. holleywood9 - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Mj still three on the list. Haha. Hope LBJ can do that 10 years after he retires

    • antistratfordian - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Well MJ wasn’t on the list last year. It was LeBron, Lin, Howard, Rose and Durant in the top 5 in 2012. I think Jordan may have made the list this year because of the headlines when he turned 50, and also because he keeps talking about LeBron.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      From all the kids trying to figure out how best to use him on 2k.

  4. jbeagles23 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Another thing lbj will have on Jordan when its all said and done

  5. dinofrank60 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I would like to know, who’s still googling Jordan? I thought NBA fans didn’t care about the past.
    Who’s googling Lin? I haven’t seen him play in weeks.
    Who’s googling Nash? I haven’t seen him play in months.
    Allen over Dwade?

    Who does this/

  6. ptownbearsfan420 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Uhh wow.. No love for the blazers?? I call BS!!

  7. kobeisabitchyoutube - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    did you read this Yahoo? no need to make the Lakers the front and center story every fricken day

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