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Twitter has taken over and changed the game of sports, as now you can comminute with your favorite sports athletes like never before. We already looked at the most popular sports figures in the world, now let’s look at the NBA players who have the most Twitter followers. Some of the results may surprise you.
Here are the Top 10 NBA players with the most Twitter followers.
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1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers – James leads the way by a comfortable margin with an impressive 13.6 million followers. This really shouldn’t surprise anybody considering he’s the best player in the NBA and is watched closely on and off the court by just about everybody. Everybody has an opinion on James and with his recent return to the Cavs, some of the fans who turned on him now love him again. It’s fair to say nobody will top this number anytime soon.
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder – Despite not yet winning an NBA championship, Durant is in second place with nearly 7.6 million followers. While LeBron has him nearly doubled in followers, this isn’t that surprising considering many believe Durant is the second best player in the world. Durant often talks to his fans by answering questions and what not, which can only help him in the Twitter world. LeBron and Durant have social media on lockdown.
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers – Bryant was actually late to the Twitter party, as his account isn’t that old. However, it didn’t take long for Bryant’s account to jump up to almost 5.4 million followers. Bryant is very selective with his tweets but when the Black Mamba speaks, people listen. Old and banged up or not, Bryant is always going to be a fan favorite with NBA fans everywhere.
4. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets – Howard may actually have more followers if he decided to tweet more often. Although Howard can go days without tweeting, he still has a cool 5.2 million followers. Much like how he’s a fool and a jokester on the court, Howard spends a lot his time putting together funny Instagram pics and Vines. NBA fans still enjoy the Houston center who still has a little kid in him and just wants to have fun.
5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks – Nearly 5.1 million Twitter followers were just waiting for Anthony to decide between the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls. The seven-time NBA All Star and 2013 scoring champion is known for being one of the flashier players in the league. It also helps Melo’s social media count considering the fact he is married to LaLa, a beautiful and famous actress who has more than three million followers of her own.
6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat – Wade is the ultimate family man on Twitter and Instagram, always posting pictures of his children and activities with his wife, Gabrielle Union. Wade is one of the few athletes who uses Twitter to allow a sneak peek into his personal wife, which seems to be very popular considering he’s followed by more than 4.3 million people. If Wade can get back to being the dominating player he was before LeBron joined the Heat, something tells me his follower count will increase a bit.
7. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers – When Paul isn’t tearing things up on the basketball court or filming State Farm commercials, he’s interacting with his fans and keeping them involved in his day-to-day life. Paul has nearly 3.4 million followers and the seven-time All Star is one of the more active tweeters in the league, usually posting something every day or so. Once Paul can help lead the Clippers to the NBA Finals, his Twitter account may explode.
8. Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards – Pierce is still ticking at 36 years old and his Twitter account has almost 3.6 million followers. Despite being past his prime many years ago, Pierce is still an effective player who finds ways to help his team win. Pierce is also an athlete who uses his account to say exactly how he feels and won’t bite his tongue for anybody if he feels strongly about a certain topic. Just ask the Miami Heat.
9. Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls – Gasol is rapidly approaching 2.8 million followers, which is rather surprising. Gasol is a two-time champion and four-time All Star, but he’s never been considered a superstar and never really been one of the more popular players in the league. Still, Gasol is an active tweeter who caters to folks all around the world due to his ability to speak more than one language. Gasol could improve his following by help leading the Bulls to an NBA championship.
10. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers – That’s right, Griffin, Mr. Highlight Reel, checks in at No. 10 with nearly 2.6 million followers. This may be the most shocking of them all given the fact Griffin is by far one of the more popular players in the league, is all over ESPN and has countless commercials. Griffin is one of the most exciting players in the NBA and one of the most marketable as well. I guess the bright side is that the Clippers have two of the NBAs most followed players on their team.