Latest surveys revealed that Kris Humphries shouldn’t be the advocate for long marriages or that you shouldn’t leave long-term relationship if you want to be liked by the public… OK, frankly I don’t know what was the point of this research [advertisement?] but it did raise a couple interesting questions for me:
who is the most known NBA player? Who is the most obscure one? How can we measure it?
Jersey sales could only work if it weren’t for huge differences in market sizes and for obvious reasons I’m not gonna ask a lot of random people so I focused on a well-known but rarely used number: Google search results.
Please don’t confuse it with a serious research, as far as I know even Google admit those are only estimates and they are not reliable but I was curious anyway. Also it may be a sign I use google too often but what the hell, I can’t be afraid to take chances like that, otherwise this blog will be more useless than it is now.
So today based on rosters from ESPN I entered phrase “NBA [Player’s Name] [Player’s Surname]” 377 times.
I included all rotation players but I ignored most guys on non-guaranteed contracts or camp invitees or guys whom even I didn’t know and I threw-in a couple of legends for a comparison sake.
Here is the list for Top40 and Bottom40 Google Search Results…
|Top40 Players||Team||Google Results||Bottom40 Players||Team||Google Results|
|LeBron James||MIA||247 000 000||Luke Babbitt||POR||86 400|
|Magic Johnson||HoF||139 000 000||Greg Stiemsma||BOS||115 000|
|Chris Paul||LAC||129 000 000||Samardo Samuels||CLE||140 000|
|Michael Jordan||HoF||119 000 000||Sundiata Gaines||NJN||143 000|
|Josh Smith||ATL||98 100 000||Tobias Harris||MIL||147 000|
|David Lee||GSW||82 200 000||Hassan Whiteside||SAC||155 000|
|Kobe Bryant||LAL||76 100 000||Christian Eyenga||CLE||158 000|
|Deron Williams||NJN||74 000 000||Marshon Brooks||NJN||175 000|
|John Wall||WAS||71 800 000||Damion James||NJN||179 000|
|David West||IND||59 500 000||Jeremy Pargo||MEM||190 000|
|Jose Calderon||TOR||57 200 000||E’Twaun Moore||BOS||192 000|
|Kevin Love||MIN||50 800 000||DeMarre Carroll||DEN||199 000|
|Joe Johnson||ATL||47 300 000||Alec Burks||UTA||202 000|
|Derrick Rose||CHI||43 400 000||Jeff Pendergraph||IND||221 000|
|Blake Griffin||LAC||42 600 000||Chris Singleton||WAS||225 000|
|Dwight Howard||ORL||42 100 000||Kenneth Faried||DEN||226 000|
|Paul George||IND||40 600 000||Quincy Pondexter||MEM||230 000|
|Shaquille O’Neal||HoF||36 600 000||Donte Greene||SAC||238 000|
|Kevin Durant||OKC||31 600 000||JaJuan Johnson||BOS||239 000|
|Paul Pierce||BOS||31 500 000||Charles Jenkins||GSW||243 000|
|Dwyane Wade||MIA||30 800 000||Wayne Ellington||MIN||249 000|
|Kevin Martin||HOU||29 700 000||Gary Forbes||TOR||252 000|
|Amare Stoudemire||NYK||28 600 000||Ryan Hollins||CLE||253 000|
|Carmelo Anthony||NYK||28 100 000||Damien Wilkins||DET||254 000|
|Pau Gasol||LAL||26 400 000||Tony Battie||PHI||257 000|
|Dominique Jones||DAL||25 500 000||Renaldo Balkman||NYK||262 000|
|Nick Young||WAS||24 400 000||Dexter Pittman||MIA||263 000|
|Ray Allen||BOS||24 000 000||Jon Brockman||MIL||266 000|
|Kevin Garnett||BOS||22 400 000||Jannero Pargo||ATL||268 000|
|Louis Williams||PHI||22 100 000||Brandan Wright||DAL||269 000|
|Kris Humphries||NJN||21 600 000||Andrew Goudelock||LAL||273 000|
|Lamar Odom||DAL||19 000 000||Jamaal Tinsley||UTA||283 000|
|Sean Williams||DAL||18 400 000||Alonzo Gee||CLE||290 000|
|Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||17 400 000||Kevin Seraphin||WAS||298 000|
|Josh Howard||UTA||16 400 000||Klay Thompson||GSW||300 000|
|Mike Miller||MIA||16 200 000||Eric Maynor||OKC||317 000|
|Marcus Thornton||SAC||15 100 000||Anthony Tolliver||MIN||325 000|
|George Hill||IND||13 100 000||Greivis Vasquez||NOH||327 000|
|Stephen Jackson||MIL||12 100 000||Ekpe Udoh||GSW||334 000|
|Ryan Anderson||ORL||11 400 000||Austin Daye||DET||340 000|
Well, LeBron is clearly better at something than Michael Jordan so it was worth it ;-)
He actually may be the most polarizing NBA player in history, right?
Some additional notes:
– it seems that common surnames really skew those ratings,
– I have no idea what’s going on with players like Calderon or Marcus Thornton,
– for such a non-scientific approach there are many superstars here…
– are those results location-related? I used google.com not a local affiliation with settings “any time” and “everywhere” but I wonder how does it look in your browser?
EDIT: Thanks to a tweet from EvanZ it’s obvious that google results do work differently in the US vs outside it. It could be interesting to compare full lists from different sources but… well, someone else would have to do it.
On the other hand we have a lot of young bench guys with very uncommon names but
the only player below 100 000 results was Luke Babbitt so he should become our obscurity king ;-)
Finally, if we calculate those results for each team the most popular teams would be [in that order]
MIA, LAC, ATL, LAL, IND, DAL, WAS, GSW, NJN, BOS, NYK
and the least popular would be NOH, CLE, DEN, POR, MIL, PHO, DET, MEM, UTA, SAS, SAC, CHA.
Again I wouldn’t take it seriously but it did surprisingly good job, didn’t it?