Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are two players you must follow on Twitter during the 2013-14 NBA season.
In today's day and age of social media advancements, the NBA has become as Twitter-centric as it gets. Players, fans and the media have all embraced it, and as a result, The Association is the No. 1 sports league on social media, according to Mary Noonan of CNBC.com.
I remember as child writing letters to NBA players. Not emails, not Facebook posts and certainly not tweets. We're talking physical letters that traveled by mail, sent to addresses my parents convinced me were homes of my idols.
I never received a single letter back, with the exception of one from a young Kobe Bryant. The handwriting looked suspiciously familiar to that of my father's, but who was I as an eight-year-old boy to ruin his fun?
Today, players are engaging on a daily basis with fans through Twitter. The days of the letter in the mail are gone, and while a tweet is confined to 140 characters, we have far more access to the players we've always watched from afar.
As it turns out, many of them are highly entertaining. Some are comical, some are insightful and others are downright unpredictable.
Regardless of which team you root for night in and night out, there are a handful of players across the league who have become must-watch tweeters throughout the 2013-14 season.
Twitter Handle: @CP3
On Twitter, Chris Paul is the equivalent of that person we know who posts way too many pictures of his or her kids. The difference is that this kid is 100 percent adorable, and the proud papa has more than 2.5 million followers because of it.
If you're a shoe aficionado, Paul has got you covered there too.
As long as you can handle a little football talk and pictures of his pregame meals, he's a good follow to consider.
Twitter Handle: @nate_robinson
With as much social media availability as we have today, it's not uncommon to see fans engage directly with players. Nate Robinson is a prime example of this, which is why he's a quality follow for any interactive fan.
Scroll down Robinson's timeline and you'll see plenty of genuine interactions like the one above. He has fans all across the league, and each of them has the chance to get a shout-out—or at least a retweet—on any occasion.
Robinson also prominently shares content across platforms, which means you'll have easy access to his ever-entertaining Instagram account simply by following him on Twitter.
Twitter Handle: @eegabeeva88
Everything about Robin Lopez's Twitter account screams entertainment. His profile picture is fantastic, his handle is intriguing and he uses his page to post all of his Instagram photos directly to the world.
Here's a few examples of what you'll find on the 7-footer's page:
- A celebratory trip to a Portland video game bar
- References to a popular 90s television show
- Kristen Bell showing off a desktop background of the big man himself
So Kristen Bell has a pretty awesome background...just sayin... http://t.co/vm5DFA5xlP— Robin Lopez (@eegabeeva88) September 1, 2013
Needless to say, this guy knows how to keep his fans entertained, and chances are, he'll help keep Portland weird in 2013-14.
Twitter Handle: @Hoya2aPacer
Roy Hibbert may not light up your timeline with jokes and hilarious commentary—although he's not afraid to dabble in those things from time to time—but if you're looking for true insight to the mind of an NBA player, the 26-year-old center is your guy.
Hibbert speaks the truth on his page, and that's the true benefit of Twitter's existence. We get to interact with the players we watch on a daily basis, and we get to see what their lives are like for more than just two or three hours a night.
People act like I can't have individual goals. I didn't talk about it in the past. Well now I am. I WANT DPoY. That's gonna help my team win— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) November 7, 2013
Whether it be in support of his own goals or his teammates', you can trust Hibbert believes what he says. He's even willing to call out the trolls, which, when done the right way, can do wonders for a player's public image.
Twitter Handle: @JaValeMcGee34
If you haven't been able to find JaVale McGee on Twitter, I'm not surprised. The big man's handle is pretty straight forward, but his name isn't quite what you'd expect.
Going by the alias "Pierre McGee," the 25-year-old claims that he is the inventor of the self retweet. He also claims to have invented the finger-stache, which is something we'll look into at a later date.
The beautiful thing about McGee's Twitter page is that it's filled with fan interaction. His #JugLife posse is serious about the lifestyle, and his finger-stache followers have made a mark as well.
For better or for worse, McGee always finds a way to keep us watching. He does it on the court on a regular basis, and he's made a name for himself on social media at this point in his career.
Twitter Handle: @KButter5
Kendall Marshall may not be a current member of an NBA organization, but that doesn't mean he should be overlooked when it comes to his presence in the Twittersphere.
Marshall isn't limited to just comedy either. He speaks his mind, and in the eyes of certain individuals, he speaks the truth.
So lemme get this straight. you give a college basketball player sneakers worth a couple stacks for free, then get made when he sells them?— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) November 6, 2013
This is one guy worth following, even if we don't know when he'll next play his next NBA game.
Twitter Handle: @kevinlove
One of the game's best power forwards. One of the game's best power tweeters.
Love made on social media headlines back when he posted pictures of Team USA sleeping on a flight during the 2012 Summer Olympics. He's never been one to shy away from poking fun at teammates, as evidenced by his shot at Ricky Rubio nearly a year later.
I've seen @rickyrubio9 dunk twice this week, on the same day, two times in a row...I've seen it all. Pre-game warm-ups on another level.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 26, 2013
What's great about Love is that he's not afraid to take a shot at himself, either.
He's even willing to give us a look into his childhood, no matter how embarrassing it may be.
Twitter Handle: @blakegriffin32
Blake Griffin has been on a bit of a Twitter hiatus since the start of the 2013-14 season, but if you enjoy occasional comedic entertainment, you'd be remiss not to give this guy a follow.
As we've learned throughout Griffin's young career, he's not afraid to make people laugh. He's certainly shown he can do that on Twitter, but as we've also seen, his humor can be used to respond to unfortunate circumstances.
Kid Blake: Who are you? Future Blake: you from the future... Don't listen to anything else I've told you just start wearing a cup.— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) March 6, 2013
Let's not forget, either, that Griffin single-handedly brought the show Workaholics to DirecTV.
If that doesn't deserve a follow, I don't know what does.
Twitter Handle: @MettaWorldPeace
You think Metta World Peace is tough to predict on the hardwood? Try following him on Twitter.
In the 2013 playoffs, he went absolutely berserk in favor of the San Antonio Spurs—I think.
The Spurs trusted their Cheese Burger The Heat Cheese Burger was not cooked and the lettuce never showed up— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 7, 2013
World Peace has you covered.
Twitter Handle: @kobebryant
Kobe Bryant doesn't always tweet, but when he does, he is one of the most interesting people you could ever follow.
But while Bryant is worth following for a multitude of reasons, his cryptic messages will make your head spin with intrigue.
Bryant knows how to get people talking, and that's why he has 3,712,417 followers (as of 1:00 a.m. ET, Nov. 7, 2013). During the offseason, the guard changed his profile picture to "1225" in what appeared to be a motivational tactic following ESPN's rankings of both the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 12 out West) and him as an individual (No. 25 in the league).
But on Nov. 5, Bryant tweeted the message that is shown above, changing his picture to a simple black screen.
People have their theories regarding the message, but the truth is that no one knows exactly what it means. That's what makes Bryant so interesting, and that's what makes him the No. 1 follow in the entire NBA.