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NBA rookies name Kevin Durant their favorite player

Golden State Warriors Introduce Kevin Durant

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 07: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors poses with his new jersey during the press conference where he was introduced as a member of the Golden State Warriors after they signed him as a free agent on July 7, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant faced tremendous backlash for leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

But not from NBA rookies.

In the league’s annual rookie survey, a plurality of first-year players voted Durant their favorite player:

1. Kevin Durant, Golden State -- 29.7%

T-2. Carmelo Anthony, New York -- 9.4%

LeBron James, Cleveland -- 9.4%

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City -- 9.4%

T-5. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio -- 6.3%

Kobe Bryant (retired) -- 6.3%

Paul George, Indiana -- 6.3%

Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers -- 6.3%

T-9. Kevin Garnett, Minnesota -- 4.7%

Others receiving votes: Vince Carter, Memphis; Stephen Curry, Golden State; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland

This is the third straight year Durant has claimed the top spot, matching LeBron and Kobe for combined wins in the six years this question was asked of rookies:

This is further evidence: If you resent Kevin Durant for exercising his right to switch employers after nine years with a company that acquired him by producing an awful product, you’re out of touch. Follow the kids’ lead and get with it.