As this is being published, the NBA Finals are in full effect. It has been a season that one of either the San Antonio Spurs or Miami Heat will claim as their own, but what happens after it’s all said and done?
If you’re an NBA fan, the offseason is torture for you. It’s weeks and weeks of chatter and speculation with nothing interesting to offer, aside from the draft. What can you do to hold yourself over until next season? One of the things that kept me interested in the happenings around the league last season was staying informed via Twitter. There are a lot of interesting reporter and player personalities that are constantly sending out 140 characters and under. In this post, let me share my five favorite NBA players on Twitter that you can follow.
As of right now, JaVale McGee is probably the most entertaining guy in the entire NBA.
RT @javalemcgee34 I TOLD HER I WANNA SEE HER EVERYDAY THAT START WITH A T! TUESDAY THURSDAY TONIGHT TOMORROW TODAY!
— Pierre McGee (@JaValeMcGee34)
Aside from being a very productive player, JaVale is really funny. If you watch SportsCenter or anything on NBATV, you’re going to eventually come across a JaVale McGee highlight. It’s not always something good, either. JaVale has a knack for doing silly things on the court every now and then, and he gets a lot of attention for it. JaVale plays on Twitter as his alter ego, Pierre. Throughout this roleplay, he is constantly retweeting himself and spitting out jokes and one-liners. JaVale can be a bit of a mess on your Timeline, but it’s worth it.
Formerly known as Ron Artest, Metta is one of the most recognized personalities in all of sports.
I’m blocking everyone who doesn’t let me enjoy the rest of my vacation with “go practice” tweets. I’m perfecting straw sipping. Leave me
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace)
Metta World Peace has played for several different NBA teams throughout his career, but became infamous during the “Malice at the Palace” brawl between the Pacers and Pistons in 2004. It’s a scar on the face of NBA’s history, but it’s an event that will cause us to never forget Metta.
Metta’s always tweeting out pictures and isn’t shy about sharing his thoughts about what’s going on in the league. If you’re a player who had a bad game, Metta will say it. He’s always sharing personal stories and makes sure to toss out a joke here and there. He is very engaged with fans, too.
Let’s face it: Nick Collison has never been a star player in the NBA. You won’t see many Nick Collison highlights or game-winning shots. However, he has a very interesting Twitter presence.
The real Bill Nye the Science Guy used to sit courtside at Sonic games from time to time.I used to love his show when I was a kid.
— Nick Collison (@nickcollison4) September 14, 2012
Nick is very wity with his tweets and makes a huge point out of answering his fans when he asks for questions. He recently found an obsession with photobombing, and recent Twitter photos of his are evidence. Nick Collison’s Twitter account isn’t going to teach you anything new about basketball, but it will make you think and laugh.
Roy Hibbert is a class act on and off the court, even when talking about his least favorite players.
I really don’t like @dlee042 but I really hope he has a speedy recovery. Hate to see guys get get hurt or injured.
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) April 22, 2013
Roy tweets plenty about the Pacers and Hoyas, his NBA and college teams (respectively). Roy is really into having fun and playing video games. Just looking down his recent tweets, he was at E3 and seems to be a huge Call of Duty fan.
Roy also hosts a lot of contests through his Twitter account, giving away autographed team memorabilia and shoes as prizes. Follow him and maybe you’ll get lucky between enjoying his tweets!
Jamal Crawford has always been one of my favorite players. He’s extremely humble and underrated, and he’s one of the most creative players when handling the ball. His Twitter account is just as nice.
I remember growing up when water beds were in. I thought that was the coolest thing ever!
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) May 28, 2013
On Jamal’s Twitter feed, you can find a healthy mix of updates from his personal life, news and updates from around the league, and interactions between him and his followers. He’s big on tweeting out brief, one-line snippets of advice, too.
He’s one of the most likable players in the NBA and if you follow him on Twitter, you’ll see why.
There are a lot of people affiliated with the NBA who are worth following on Twitter, but these are the five NBA players I’d pick to look out for. Some are informative, others are funny, but all of them are worth your time. If you’re looking for other important people and celebrities to follow on Twitter, we’ve got you covered.
What do you think about my list? Who are some of your favorite NBA personalities on Twitter? Let me know in the comments!