The NBA season starts today on the court and on Twitter when the @WashWizards take on the @Cavs. There are currently around 400 players on Twitter - representing nearly 90% of the NBA, the highest percentage among all sports leagues.
With over six million followers, @NBA is our most-followed sports league, and the @Lakers are the most-followed US sports team on Twitter. If you’re not among their nearly 3 million followers, you can still connect with your favorite team - all 30 NBA teams are on Twitter.
To keep up with your favorite team and players, check out our new NBA Get Started page. Below each team name you’ll find a link to their list of players, letting you follow them all with the click of a button.
Among those 400 players, you’ll find the sport’s biggest names as well as its rising stars - and they all have incredible perspectives to share. During the Olympics, the NBA’s top players competed in London and took their fans along for the journey to gold:
#USAB2012: From Las Vegas to Washington D.C. - @tysonchandler & @kevinlove.twitpic.com/a75sdg
— NBA (@NBA) July 13, 2012
Mission complete!! Seat pleasant, Maryland, ya boy bringing this Gold medal back!!!
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 12, 2012
Fans also experienced the insider moments that usually are confined to the locker room. After one of the offseason’s biggest moves - the weekend’s late-night trade of James Harden (@JHarden13) to the @HoustonRockets - players took to Twitter to express their surprise. One of the most powerful Tweets only took 3 characters, coming from former teammate Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5):
Other reactions varied from across the league. You can watch the players go 1-on-1 on the court, and on Twitter:
Best of luck to my lil bro/homie @jharden13 in H-Town! He bout to go HAM in his role now.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2012
Wow…. #OKC Traded James Harden? WTF didn’t expect to wake up and see that…. #NBA
— Sean May (@BigMay42) October 28, 2012
Ain’t nuttin more important than the mula *james harden voice
— Ed Davis (@eddavis32) October 28, 2012
Harden’s trade caught me by surprise… I don’t think many people saw this coming! Am I right!?
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 28, 2012
Even NBA Commissioner David Stern has taken note of the power of Twitter to bring fans closer to their favorite teams and players day in and day out. In his historic year, @KingJames took his Twitter followers on the road during the season, to the championships, and to London:
Nike pic of LeBron with the NBA trophy, the regular season & Finals MVP and his gold medal twitter.com/darrenrovell/s…
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 30, 2012
With all the teams and 90% of the players - including the NBA’s biggest names - on Twitter, you’ll have an unprecedented view of the court all season long. Don’t miss out.
Posted by Omid Ashtari (@omid)
Head of Sports & Entertainment