Yes, fifth! What's that mean? It means that a lot of people were interested in Shabazz Napier as he ran through the NCAA Tournament last spring and helped the Connecticut Huskies win the National Title.
Now, Napier is an NBA player for the Miami Heat who just returned from a one-night stand with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBDL.
Each year, Google releases it's top moments in searches. You can see the overview HERE. What we are interested in is the fact that Napier was in the top five of basketball players. Here's the top five most searched players in the NBA from 2014.
Now you can see why this is if you remember this year at all very well. First, Paul George was the center of google and Twitter searches for a time with his league injury (no I will not provide you with a link). I can imagine how he topped the search charts.
Secondly, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James were at the center of Free Agency for nearly two weeks. People were searching left and right to find clues on whether it was Miami, Cleveland, Chicago, New York, L.A. And then there is Kevin Love, who also dominated headlines as his trade went on for months in the offseason.
Then you have Shabazz. Clearly, it wasn't anything Napier has done in the pro-level. It was a combination of his time at Connecticut, and probably some people trying to figure out what the connection between him and LeBron is.
The top trending athlete overall? Ray Rice.
There you have it. Napier is a Google Search headline for 2014.
What will 2015 write?