Rejoice basketball fans everywhere! The 2019-20 NBA season kicks off on October 22nd. Factoring in the playoffs, a solid eight months of hoops action is in front of us.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know how much social media has shaped the way we’ve experienced basketball in recent years. The NBA has no louder voice than the players themselves and how they represent on social media.
Instagram is the social media of choice for many NBA stars. It makes sense—IG is all about bold, larger-than-life photos. NBA players tend to be bold, larger-than-life characters.
Here are five NBA stars you should be following on Instagram for the 2019-20 season.
Spoiler Alert! Each player-influencer on our list boasts over 10 million followers!
Kyrie brings his sensational shooting to the Big Apple—Brooklyn to be exact—this season after signing a four-year, $141 million contract with the Nets in July. It’s a fitting and lucrative homecoming for a player who grew up a Nets fan in nearby West Orange, NJ.
Kyrie brings a zen-like approach to his Insta and 13.3 million followers with a bio that reads simply “I AM.”
The six-time All-Star point guard is indeed a lot of things on social media: sneaker aficionado, travel guide, pop culture guru, comedian, fitness model, and community servant, to name a few.
It looks like the 2016 NBA champ has quite a few fallback careers if this basketball thing doesn’t work out.
Follow Kyrie: @kyrieirving
King James is the undisputed face of the NBA, probably still the best player in the league, and arguably the G.O.A.T.
And he dominates on Instagram just like he does on the court as a mega-influencer.
His IG posts are mostly a mix of in-game and practice moments, showing off his cutting-edge style, cheesin’ at home with the brood, and showcasing son Bronny’s career as an up-and-coming b-baller.
LeBron’s first season in LA failed to meet expectations, as the Lakers missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. LeBron and company are poised to perform better this time around, and the Lakers are a frontrunner in 2019-20 NBA Championship odds.
King James’ Instagram army of 52 million followers will surely grow if the Lakers hang a title at the Staples Center next spring.
Follow LeBron: @kingjames
The sharpshooting point guard for Golden State comes off as a genuinely lovable dude on Instagram. He’s always showing support for female athletes with his encouraging posts.
Steph also is fond of showing off his beautiful wife Ayesha and photogenic progeny. You gotta love a guy who oozes love and happiness.
Posts in the “Stephen vs. The Game” series give Steph’s 27.2 million followers a fun look inside his life and career.
Follow Steph: @stephcurry
A glance at the personal Insta of Houston’s number 0 reveals three things: the man is passionate about family, fashion, and fun…oh, and basketball, too!
Russell might be the best-dressed guy in the NBA. His IG is basically a virtual runway, and 14 million followers are sitting front row at the catwalk. Whether it’s pinstripes, solids, polka dots, or roadcrew couture, the 2017 MVP pulls off the look in style.
Follow Russell: @russwest44
KD is one of the NBA’s biggest personalities, which naturally alchemizes to IG gold for his 11.5 million followers.
The feisty Brooklyn forward keeps the spotlight on himself in most of his posts. He’s always sporting a stylish outfit and a no-nonsense look on his face. Whether he’s riding in a Corvette convertible with the NBA championship trophy or posing alongside pals like Roger Federer, KD is all focus, all the time.
Follow Kevin: @easymoneysniper