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February 02, 2009
Who is the best all-around athlete in the NBA?
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February 02, 2009

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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%

James (page 34) 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.

[Based on a survey of 190 NBA players] ? For more on the poll, and to comment on it, go to