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CHOICE CUTS

"The Chosen One."It's an epithet that implies exclusivity. And yet, over the last 60 years we've applied it to an expansive collection of athletes

1987

[Text] Isiah Thomas

1995

[Text] Lew Alcindor

[Text] Steve Alford

[Text] Patrick Ewing

[Text] Darrell Griffith

[Text] Bobby Hurley

[Text] Larry Johnson

[Text] Michael Jordan: Born in New York, the most-represented state

[Text] Kyle Macy

[Text] Danny Manning

[Text] Sidney Moncrief

[Text] Cazzie Russell

1996

[Headline] Tiger Woods

2000

[Text] Tiger Woods

2001

[Text] Bobby Convey

[Headline] Zab Judah

[Text] Santino Quaranta

2002

[Cover] LeBron James: Called "The Chosen One" eight times—the most of anyone

[Headline] Sandy Koufax

[Text] [Text] Tiger Woods

2003

[Text] Matt Biondi

[Text] [Text] LeBron James

[Text] Bruce Jenner

[Text] Marion Jones

[Text] Vitali Klitschko

[Text] Carl Lewis

[Text] Michael Phelps

[Text] Tiger Woods

2004

[Text] Carmelo Anthony

[Text] Manu Ginóbili

[Text] LeBron James

[Text] Michelle Wie: Second of two women

2006

[Caption] Mike Bell

2007

[Headline] Brett Favre

[Text] LeBron James

[Text] Daisuke Matsuzaka

2008

[Headline] Jerryd Bayless

[Headline] Eric Gordon

[Headline] O.J. Mayo

[Headline] Russell Westbrook

2009

[Cover] Bryce Harper

[Text] Tim Tebow

2012

[Cover] Kyrie Irving

[Headline] LeBron James

2013

[Text] LeBron James

2014

[Caption] LeBron James

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KENT SMITH/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (JORDAN)

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ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WIE)

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HEINZ KLUETMEIER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (JAMES)