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The NBA Finals are over and the NBA Draft is over now as well, which means the only way you will get to see your favorite NBA players for the next four months is on social media. Who are the top 10 NBA players that you should be following on various social media platforms this summer?
10. New York Knicks
No, this is not an individual player, but trust me, this will be worth it. It will be quite entertaining to see what kind of things this franchise is pumping to its fans this summer. The team is in complete disarray, as can be seen by the internal-made-external issues this past season regarding James Dolan, Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis. But somehow, the Knicks’ fanbase always seems to have hope coming into every season. Last season, it was produced by Derrick Rose calling the team a “superteam.” What will give them hope for this season?
9. Mike Conley, Point Guard, Memphis Grizzlies
He may not be the most entertaining guy out there to follow, but he most certainly should have your respect as an NBA player and as a person. As one of the classier guys in the league, he may not be loading up your newsfeed with controversial newsworthy material, and as one of the more underrated players in the league, he may not be a player that all your friends are taking about. But go follow this guy. It can’t hurt. Maybe you’ll even end up as his fan.
8. Russell Westbrook, Point Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
How could you not have followed Russell Westbrook even before his historic season when he put up an NBA record 42 triple-doubles and became the first player to average a triple-double through a whole season? This guy is known for his wacky and exotic style and outfits that he shows up to games in, and his social media accounts show his followers nothing short. Add to it the fact that he now has a newborn son to post about, which he has already done on several occasions.
7. Stephen Curry, Point Guard, Golden State Warriors
Remember when Riley Curry videos took over the NBA world two years ago during the NBA Finals? Well, she is still around, yet no one seems to notice or talk about her, even though she is still quite entertaining when she does show up. Stephen Curry still posts photos and videos of her, among a number of other interesting things that two-time NBA MVP winners and two-time NBA champions post about. Curry is among the most-followed athletes in the world for good reason.
6. JR Smith, Shooting Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers
JR Smith is the kind of player that would tweet “Cavs in 7” while being down 3-0 in the NBA Finals and then deny doing it moments later. And wouldn’t you know it? That exact sequence of events just happen a few weeks ago. Smith has never really been a great NBA player, as he hasn’t ever even made it to one All-Star game since coming to the league in 2004, yet he is one that fans love to talk about and make controversial. The thing is, he creates a lot of that controversy himself. What will he have going this summer?
5. Karl-Anthony Towns, Center, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns is just a big kid in the midst of growing up. He runs his social media accounts pretty much like the average 21-year-old, sharing fun experiences, photos and memories. With the Timberwolves having just traded for Jimmy Butler and now being considered one of the NBA’s teams of the future, Towns will be fun to watch this summer just to see if he maintains his innocent approach to life or if he takes on a more “untouchable” role like the NBA’s current stars.
4. Joel Embiid, Center, Philadelphia 76ers
Now that “The Process” appears to be in full swing, 76ers’ center, entertainer and lion killerJoel Embiid will not let us down on social media. All of his social media accounts have something to do with “The Process”, and he even posted a photo on Twitter of a locker with Markelle Fultz’s name on it before the 76ers even draft him. On Instagram, he posted a photo with himself, Fultz, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington before the draft. Maybe he’ll post a photo shopped 2017-2018 76ers’ championship banner this summer. He may give you a reason to put money on the 76ers’ 100:1 championship odds, but you won’t know if you don’t follow him.
3. LeBron James, Small Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers
Last season, LeBron James wore an “Ultimate Warrior” shirt after the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in an apparent jab against the team. This season already, he has been seen taking jabs and trash-talking at a certain Warriors player and replying to jabs taken from that player after the Warriors took back the crown that LeBron and the Cavaliers stole from them last season. Which leads me into #2…
2. Draymond Green, Power Forward, Golden State Warriors
Like LeBron James wore his “Ultimate Warrior” shirt after winning the NBA championship last season, Draymond Green wore a “Quickie” shirt, with the Q shaped like the Q in Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers, in a subtle-but-not-so-subtle jab attempt. Both LeBron and Green have already taken jabs at each other this summer. Yes, it’s kind of like any other summer, but it is still an entertainment source you won’t want to miss out on. Apparently some things weren’t quite settled on the court.
1. Kevin Durant, Small Forward, Golden State Warriors
Last summer, Kevin Durant took a lot of heat on social media for signing with the Golden State Warriors. In fact, he even deleted his Instagram account, which was flooded with hate speech, before the 2016-2017 season started. Now that his decision to sign with the Warriors paid off and he ultimately shut up his haters with his first NBA championship and NBA Finals MVP, it will be interesting to see how he embraces this summer as an NBA champion, albeit still a villain of the league. Will he at least get back on Instagram?