Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry, though, takes the No. 2 spot for talent demand, according to Parrot Analytics
The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics are locked in a tense NBA Finals series, and longtime fans (and even those with passive interest in the championship) may wonder how it’s affecting certain players’ popularity. Parrot Analytics’ talent demand tool, which tracks demand for any talent globally and regionally, including talent in sports and non-traditional entertainment industries, found that of the top 10 NBA talents of the last 30 days, half were players and coaches in the NBA finals — though not the player in the No. 1 spot, LeBron James.
It should come as no surprise that James is the most in-demand NBA star over the last 30 days, even though the Lakers aren’t in the championship finals. James is a superstar inside and outside of the league — similar to Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal (who’s also listed in the top 10 rank). Between stories about James wanting to start an NBA league in Las Vegas, his ongoing appearances in films and his commentary about the sport that made him an icon, it’s no surprise that James is still one of the most in-demand players even without being in contention for the championship right now.