If you were starting a team from scratch, which player would you choose first?
LeBron James, Heat F 37%
Dwight Howard, Magic C 19%
Kevin Durant, Thunder F 11%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G 10%
Derrick Rose, Bulls G 10%
James was especially popular among rookie voters, 61% of whom named him.... Of the 448 players who have logged minutes in 2011--12, only 16 received at least one vote.... T-Wolves PG Ricky Rubio, 21, was the youngest to receive votes (1%). The oldest: Suns PG Steve Nash, who is 38 (2%).... The Lakers were the only team with multiple vote getters (also: Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum).... In a similar poll on Facebook, Durant beat out LeBron, 36% to 22%.
Based on 137 NBA players who responded to SI's survey