The Essential Instagram Guide to This Year’s NBA Draft

  • Emmanuel Mudiay Instagram style

    @emmanuelmudiay

    Emmanuel Mudiay

    @emmanuelmudiay

    You are going to be hearing Emmanuel Mudiay’s name a lot in the near future. He already has a slight advantage over some of the other prospects in this year’s draft because of playing professionally in China instead of college. Under Armour pulled off a major coup with Mudiay, who has the potential to become an elite hybrid point guard in the mold of guys like Derrick Rose, John Wall and Russell Westbrook. And just like each guy just named, Mudiay is a very stylish individual.

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  • D'Angelo Russell style NBA Draft

    @Dloading0

    D'Angelo Russell

    @Dloading0

    The story behind D’Angelo Russell’s Instagram name is really unique. The “loading” aspect has kept him grounded and always searching for new goals. He is never completely finished and is always thinking about building more to his resume. Russell is definitely one of the most skillful players in this year’s draft and had GMs drooling during the NCAA season. Since the tournament ended, Russell has been perhaps the MVP of draft trendsetters. His love for J’s is shown throughout his profile, wearing the Air Jordan IV “Toro Bravo,” Air Jordan XI Low “Georgetown,” Air Jordan XI “Pantone,” and the “Hare” Jordan VII. It won’t be long until Russell is one of the best sneakerheads in the NBA.

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  • @IAmJustise

    Justise Winslow

    @IAmJustise

    Justise Winslow is going to be in the NBA for a very long time. You cannot teach his work ethic and motor. Whether he is going to be a star or a traditional role player still remains to be seen, but he does have a lot of potential and comes from a championship background at Duke. Winslow has been everywhere since he declared for the draft and signed with Roc Nation Sports. From attending the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, to having a role in a sneakerhead segment on Showtime Sports and touring NYC with his own hashtag handle #JustiseTakesNYC, he is definitely a name you should be following.

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  • Kelly Oubre Jr. style NBA Draft

    @KellyOubreJr

    Kelly Oubre Jr.

    @KellyOubreJr

    Kelly Oubre has embraced what Champs Sports is all about in following what trends to watch. Whether that is wearing bucket hats, snapbacks or a fresh pair of kicks, Oubre Is one of the most stylish players in this draft class. Oubre has the potential to be one of the best prospects to come out of this class because of his size and ability to score. If he maximizes his potential, this kid can become a star on and off the court.

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  • Willie Cauley-Stein style NBA Draft

    @Trillat00Much15

    Willie Cauley-Stein

    @Trillat00Much15

    When you legally change your middle name to “Trill” you deserve a lot of credit. Cauley-Stein is going to become a fan favorite on the next level because of his style and his laid-back persona. He is an unique individual who has the potential to become the next Tyson Chandler for a team down the road.

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  • Stanley Johnson style NBA Draft

    @stanimal_5

    Stanley Johnson

    Stanley Johnson’s style game is off the charts. I believe once he enters the NBA he is going to be one of those guys like Westbrook and Paul George who follow their own trends and wear what they want. He is a true sneakerhead and has a pretty nice collection of sneakers in his closet. Built like a tight end with point guard abilities, this kid is going to be the ultimate workhorse in the league. Whatever team selects him is getting a jack of all trades.

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  • Myles Turner style NBA Draft

    @Turner_Myles

    Myles Turner

    @Turner_Myles

    Myles Turner is one of the biggest risk and reward prospects in this year’s draft. He has so much potential due to his size and his skills. Off the court, Turner does a great job of mixing in streetwear and high-fashion. He also transcended the bucket hat, wearing it on multiple occasions, like during his college announcement and his NBA Draft declaration. He has already grabbed up a few endorsements and if he shows out on the next level, there are going to be a lot more coming his way.

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  • Emmanuel Mudiay Instagram style
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  • Kelly Oubre Jr. style NBA Draft
  • Willie Cauley-Stein style NBA Draft
  • Stanley Johnson style NBA Draft
  • Myles Turner style NBA Draft

No professional sports league has embraced the world of social media like the NBA. With 835 million fans and followers combined across all league, team, and player platforms globally, the league has done a fantastic job of promoting players and products on social. LeBron James alone has 54 million followers combined across all networks, while other stars like Kobe and Kevin Durant have numbers between 25-30 million. Social media is a huge part of an athlete’s brand and a way to express their own personal feelings about different subjects. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram gives fans the opportunity to gain an all-access look into the lives of some of their favorite players in ways they never witnessed before. Rewind decades ago, the only way we were going to see MJ showing off his personality was through commercials or the movie Space Jam. Now with different platforms, players are reaching fans faster than ever.

If Twitter is a place for real-time commentary then Instagram is a place where players can express themselves visually. You want to know what kicks Swaggy P is rocking? Or want to follow every one of Russell Westbrook’s style moves. I can definitely say it is your best bet to be following these guys on the ‘gram.

With the NBA Draft tonight, it should be known that this year’s draft class is already on another level when it comes to their social game. Prospects like Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, and Emmanuel Mudiay are already some of the best style trendsetters coming into the league. These guys lives are about to change and you should be following every one of their moves.

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