NBA Twitter has to be one of the best enclaves of the social media service. Every night during the NBA season you can log on, and if you’re following the right people, you’ll have a second-screen experience that’s as good as the games themselves, and many nights better. Who are the those right people to follow? Well, we’re here to help. We’ve gathered the 50 best Twitter accounts to give you your NBA fix this season.
Lives and dies with the Knicks. Mostly dies.
The trade deadline for Knicks fans is like watching a toddler wander alone toward a busy intersection.— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 19, 2014
Purported to be the most successful NBA gambler of all time, hence, he’s backing up his opinions with cash. And, ohhhhhhhhhh, does he have opinions.
Ringleader of The Starters, née The Basketball Jones.
It’s Rihanna *and* Chuck’s birthday today? EVERYBODY IN THE TUB! (Happy Birthday, Chuck!) pic.twitter.com/dP8rgktfxz— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) February 21, 2014
It’s the feed that’s consistently your best friend when you settle in for a night of hoops on TV, giving you running commentary, gifs and sometimes some pure randomness.
Greatest first tweet of all time?
The antisocial has become social #mambatweets— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 4, 2013
Formerly of The New York Times. Surprisingly went to Bleacher Report and brought light to the Dark Side. During the days of the NBA lockout, embraced boredom-induced Dadaism.
For the late risers: NBA and union resume talks at noon today in NY. Will post updates, thoughts and photos of wallpaper throughout the day— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) October 26, 2011
Basketball wonk. On Twitter he’s good, but he’s at his absolute best when he’s really digging into a subject in his Grantland column.
OKC-MEM prediction: Fourteen overtimes, 10 4-point plays, a Perkins 3-pointer, and Tony Allen kills a guy.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 1, 2014
North of the Border scribe covering basketball in the land of hockey. Why do so many good writers cover the Raptors? Until last year, the team seemed undeserving of this.
kinda want lebron’s next endorsement deal to be w/ whoever gave him the hairline assist.— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) September 20, 2014
Hasn’t played a single minute in the NBA yet, but he’s winning at the game of life.
SOURCES: Rihanna is considering JOEL EMBIID’s offer— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 22, 2014
He’s the king of NBA scoops–but this isn’t Adam Schefter peddling of useless team transaction ephemera–he’s dishing real dirt.
NBA owners have pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 9, 2011
The Aussie enigma on The Starters. He has a pretty uncommon opinion as to the most memorable game in NBA history.
Disappointed they didn’t include Tom Chambers ‘87 All-Star game MVP in that Seattle montage.— Leigh Ellis (@LeighEllis) February 3, 2014
Co-host of the new edition of NBA Inside Stuff with Grant Hill. Can the duo make us forget Ahmad and Summer?
Happiest of birthdays to my brother from another mother. Here’s to another year not looking (or acting) your age, G! pic.twitter.com/mKuFacy9NK— Kristen Ledlow (@KristenLedlow) October 5, 2014
This is a bald-faced attempt to get him to tweet us out to his 8.87 million followers. Will it work? Check back to find out…
Stats guru, ESPN Insider and possesses a zen-like calm while others get themselves all worked up over small sample sizes.
Save your Thunder overreaction for when they lose to a team less amazing than the Spurs.— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) June 1, 2014
Enjoys a damn fine cup of coffee.
“Adams!” “Yeah, Coach?” “Go in there and get punched in the face.” “You got it, Coach.“— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) May 6, 2014
This is the guy for the hard-core basketball nerd who wants have awesome video breakdowns of NBA prospects for Draft Express.
Check out our first 18 Preseason Scouting Videos here: http://t.co/6hXXchI8SV 14 more to come!— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) September 26, 2014
Writes about basketball for ESPN and Sports On Earth. Top notch snark.
Guy in the stands yelling "DeMar, you’re overrated” as he shoots free throws. The year of high expectations has started, you guys.— Seerat Sohi (@DamianTrillard) October 6, 2014
It’s going to be hilarious to watch NBA owners plead poverty in the next collective bargaining talks— J.A. Adande (@jadande) October 6, 2014
A Ph.D in Geography, and visiting scholar at Harvard, Goldsberry wows us with pared-down visual representations of NBA data that are remarkable in their clarity and usefulness.
Bones Barry is definitely the best of the Barry basketball bunch.
Yes, he scored… pic.twitter.com/JCKoFIdqGp— Brent Barry (@Barryathree) March 29, 2014
Megan Ann Wilson
Basketball and fashion fan who posts some great shoe porn.
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An institution in NBA reporting. Gives you information, but you don’t feel like he’s exaggerating to get pageviews.
Rival GM on Pacers losing Born Ready to Charlotte: “That is a big blow. We couldn’t guard him.”— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 16, 2014
Heads up the Indiana Pacers beat for the Indianapolis Star. Though her job may be a whole helluva lot less fun this season with Lance Stephenson no longer in town.
Larry Bird’s first words in the post-draft press conference: “That was a waste of two weeks.”— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) June 27, 2014
He’s a sharp writer for BasketballInsiders.com, but be prepared for a lot of in-game tweets.
Chat wrap: Talked a ton about new TV deal, why/why not for potential 2017 lockout, Bulls/Knicks guard rotation, more http://t.co/sEmyHBVGSU— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) October 7, 2014
A steady stream of basketball news from CBSSports.com’s NBA writer. I mean, he’s tweeted 268K times. That’s a shit ton, but the b-ball junkies hoover it up.
A longtime editor for Slam Magazine, he currently writes for GQ and NBA.com. He’s been living a pretty good life of late.
The creator of the True Hoop network of basketball blogs on ESPN.com. Every Laker fan in the world hates him for daring to speak ill of Kobe Bryant and whether or not he’s “clutch”.
Backstage at the NBA Finals. There’s an aging Spurs joke in there somewhere. pic.twitter.com/dHPgqEnbv0— Henry Abbott (@TrueHoop) June 6, 2014
Seems like a fiery guy, but then you remember he’s Greek, and that’s just how he talks.
None of you care, but Nick Calathes should be called Nicky Baskets because his last name means basket in Greek. (Where ol’ Nicky is from.)— Tas Melas (@TasMelas) April 10, 2014
When the whole Donald Sterling fiasco went down, she was there, reporting scoops from the front lines.
Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his wife Shelly to negotiate a forced sale of the Clippers, source tells ESPN.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 23, 2014
Editor of nba.com blog, The Starters. Tall in person.
Chapstick had me like: pic.twitter.com/av8qD2iwD0— Taco Trey Kerby (@treykerby) May 4, 2014
Writer for ESPNW and unlike most of us yappers on Twitter, she actually played D-1 college basketball!
Yes, Andy doesn’t focus specifically on NBA throughout the season, but he consistently delivers gems from the depths of the vast and amazing archive of Sports Illustrated photography.
I’m working on a gallery of the original Charlotte Hornets for PM Hot Clicks. Vlade and Mase will be involved. pic.twitter.com/Xpge5hWmER— SI Vault (@si_vault) June 19, 2014
man, run a search for “(f-word) lebron.” my word, the shade. diligent haters out chea.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) June 21, 2013
The hyper-literate end of the NBA Twitter spectrum. Expresses discomfort with medium, but luckily for us he still tweets.
Lillard is the SFW Gilbert Arenas— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) May 3, 2014
He doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously and we enjoy that.
57 is the number. Ive always said whenever @KDTrey5 and I combine for 57 we have a great shot to win.— Nick Collison (@nickcollison4) January 18, 2014
Covers all things Boston sports for Boston.com, and also a writer for Basketball Insiders.
With all this hype, imagine Rajon Rondo’s free agency. Maybe he’d cryptically tweet the latitude and longitude coordinates of his decision.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) July 10, 2014
One of the best of his generation of Sports Illustrated writers. His talent and job description lets him take the longer view on the subjects he writes about.
Last winter, I wrote about Don Nelson in Maui. Involved stogies, Willie Nelson & poker. Story’s now online - http://t.co/WObILno4fp— Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) October 13, 2014
Writer for Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie and the Classical.
That Vogel technical will really get the Pacers fired up. Hibbert just looked up from his magazine and everything.— Eric Freeman (@freemaneric) May 27, 2014
Great writer for SBNation. Unapologetic Sacramento Kings fan.
SI.com NBA staff writer. Delivers quality gifs and videos.
GIF: Drake vigorously lint rolls his pants during Raptors vs. Nets Game 2 http://t.co/2Vqk8XCmwB— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 23, 2014
ESPN writer and founder of #hatehard.
Surprisingly upbeat Jazz fan. Could be gallows humor.
New caption: “Vanessa! You’re home early. Please, don’t cry.” pic.twitter.com/T5drAh0RNJ— Angie Treasure (@snark_tank) October 4, 2014
Interpreting the CBA and crunching the salary cap numbers so you don’t have to.
ESPN’s NBA Draft guru.
When LeBron wanted to tell the world he was returning to Cleveland, he turned to Lee.
The Houston Rockets GM is one of the few executives in pro sports who is actually worth following.
Tumble down the rabbit hole with me pic.twitter.com/L5HwiiDAcu— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) September 21, 2014
Someone had to chronicle all of Craig Sager’s suits. Also a diehard Boston fan, to the point where she named one of her dogs after Leon Powe.
I will always love Derrick Rose for giving LeBron & Dwight the stink eye during All-Star intros.— michelle (@ciaociaoall) October 7, 2014
You know who’s not getting any of this NBA money? Howard Schultz. Never forget. http://t.co/GMMj3Y2ZEL— Jeremy Repanich (@racefortheprize) October 6, 2014