Ron Artest, Rockets F.....9%
Stephen Jackson, Warriors F/G.....5%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G.....5%
Gilbert Arenas, Wizards G.....5%
FAST FACTS: Poll was completed before Boston claimed Marbury on waivers last week.... Tracy McGrady tied for fifth; with him out with a knee injury, the Rockets had gone 8–1 at week's end.... Jackson has been on five teams in his nine-year career.... Arenas hasn't played since signing a six-year, $111 million deal last July (knee surgery); in '06–07 his 1,548 shots were fourth in the NBA.
Shaquille O'Neal, Suns C.....10%
Greg Oden, Trailblazers C.....6%
Ben Wallace, Cavaliers F.....5%
Hamed Haddadi, Grizzlies C.....4%
Eddie House, Celtics G.....4%
FAST FACTS: Of the 26 players to receive more than one vote, House, a reserve who is averaging just over 17 minutes per game, was the only guard.... Yao's 3.2 turnovers per game this season was tied for fifth in the NBA through Sunday and were the most for a post player.
Ron Artest, Rockets F.....15%
Raja Bell, Bobcats G.....6%
Reggie Evans, Sixers F.....5%
Shane Battier, Rockets F.....2%
FAST FACTS: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao tied with Battier at 2%.... Bowen has been named to the all-defensive first or second team eight times.... Artest was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2003–04.... The Pacers' Jeff Foster was the only true center to receive multiple votes.
DeShawn Stevenson, Wizards G.....8%
Rashad McCants, T-Wolves G.....5%
Dahntay Jones, Nuggets G......5%
Damon Jones, Bucks G.....5%
FAST FACTS: Dahntay Jones (No. 20 pick, Celtics) and Perkins (No. 27, Grizzlies) were drafted in 2003 and immediately traded for each other.... Perkins and Stevenson went from high school to the NBA.... Upon signing with the Cavaliers in '05 Damon Jones said, "I think I'm one of the top five shooters in the world." He averaged 6.6 points over three seasons before being dealt to the Bucks.
Chauncey Billups, Nuggets G.....3%
LeBron James, Cavaliers F.....3%
Paul Pierce, Celtics F.....3%
Dwyane Wade, Heat G.....2%
FAST FACTS: Players could not vote for a teammate.... No center received more than one vote.... According to 82games.com Bryant has hit 14 game-winning shots since the start of the 2003–04 season, fourth highest in the league -- but he also leads the NBA with 42 potential game-winners missed in that time.... James is first in game-winners made in that period with 17.
Who is the best all-around athlete in the NBA?
LeBron James, Cavaliers F 66%
Josh Smith, Hawks F 7%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G 6%
Dwight Howard, Magic C 4%
Amar'e Stoudemire, Suns F-C 3%
FAST FACTS James was especially dominant among Western Conference voters, 74% of whom chose him.... As a sophomore at St. Vincent–St. Mary High in Akron, James was an all-state wide receiver on the football team.... All of these players except Smith were picked to start in next month's All-Star Game; Smith won the NBA's slam dunk contest as a rookie in 2005.
Which is the most overrated team in the NBA?
[Based on a survey of 190 NBA players]
FAST FACTS: The Mavs lost in the first round of the past two playoffs, last season with Jason Kidd.... The Pistons went a mediocre 10–11 with Allen Iverson after acquiring him in November, before winning seven in a row through Sunday.... Despite a record of 21–14 through Sunday, the Rockets were seventh in the West.