The Best Young NBA Players to Follow on Social Media originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Bored of your typical Instagram feed? Well, I have a solution for you. Follow these famous athletes and you are sure to make your day.
For years, athletes have invaded the social media stratosphere with the growing popularity of platforms like Twitter and TikTok. Drink steph currywho has 63 followers across all social media platforms, or “King James” which cradles 100 million followers. The list go and go.
Athletes are the focal point of the fandom, so it makes sense that these players’ lives are tracked minute by minute.
Whether they’re tweeting about a big game, referencing rivals, showing off family time, or even grabbing a slice of pizza, there’s no question that fans look forward to the daily efforts of athletes.
Young players like the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant also fit into that category, perhaps more so than James and Curry, for youngsters looking to connect. They’re definitely worth following on social media: for the information, for the behind-the-scenes footage of their lives, and for the fun of it all.
If you’re as connected to social media as everyone else, here are some young NBA players to follow on social media right now:
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
As one of his most recent affairs, the Grizzlies point guard proudly left a $500 tip for a waitress in a run-down restaurant.
The 22-year-old South Carolina native was the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. He played at Murray State and received a consensus first-team All-American in 2019 before being selected by Memphis.
Morant has 2.2 million followers on Twitter and 7.3 million followers on Instagram.
Trae Young, Atlanta Falcons
Young is no stranger to social media, in fact some might say he’s even an avid user. From time to time, the athlete posts the words “Another day, another chance,” with the red “100” emoji next to it on Twitter. His optimism must be quite inspiring to his fans.
At just 23 years old, Young has been an asset to the Atlanta Hawks since being selected No. 5 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. During his time in college at Oklahoma, Young won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big 12 in 2022. He is a two-time NBA All-Star (2020, 2022) and a third-team All-NBA (2022).
Young has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and 4.6 million on Instagram.
Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder
During the 2022 NBA Draft, Holmgren interacted with some fans who were excited about his new home in Oklahoma City.
The 20-year-old former Gonzaga star was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. Holmgren was a consensus five-star draft pick and the No. 1 player in the 2021 class. He was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year, WCC Newcomer of the Year, and consensus second-team All-American in 2022. He played one year at Gonzaga before being selected by the Thunder.
Holmgren has 74,300 followers on Twitter and 507,000 followers on Instagram.
Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
Giddey tweeted this photo of him and teammate Holmgren, which Holmgren later retweeted on his own feed. Talk about a dynamic duo.
The Australian athlete was selected by the Thunder with the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. At just 19 years old, Giddey became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. He also became the first player since Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson to record three consecutive triple-doubles as a rookie.
Giddey has 81.9K on Twitter and 376K followers on Instagram.
Collin Gillespie, Denver Nuggets
Gillespie has always taken pride in his teams, whether it’s his alma mater Villanova or his current opportunity with Denver. He posted throughout the March Madness tournament in 2022 and has kept his fans engaged by documenting his journey in the NBA thus far.
The former Villanova guard gained popularity during his four years as a Wildcat. He was named Big East co-player of the year in 2021 and won the same award in 2022. At 23, Gillespie won two third-team All-American Awards (2021, 2022) and the Bob Cousy Award (2022). ).
Gillespie has 12,300 followers on Twitter and 63,600 followers on Instagram.
Most notable young athletes to watch
Here are some other notable young NBA athletes to follow on social media:
- Lonzo Ball, Chicago Bulls
Followers: 1.3M Twitter, 14.1M Instagram
- Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks
Followers: 76.4K Twitter, 184K Instagram
- Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Followers: 1.6M Twitter, 7.1M Instagram
- Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Followers: 1.1M Twitter, 5M Instagram
- Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
Followers: 483.9K Twitter, 5M Instagram
- LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
Followers: 1M Twitter, 9M Instagram
Followers: 351.6K Twitter, 2.3M Instagram
- Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors
Followers: 1.4M Instagram