WHOSAY Hot Talent List: 11 NBA Rookies to Match Your Brand’s Basketball-Related Influencer Marketing Campaigns

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With the 2017-18 NBA season around the corner, our outstanding Talent Team used WHOSAY Match to curate a list of the league’s best trailblazers to match your brand during the upcoming season.

Aside from having huge, highly-engaged followings, these newly-minted NBA pros scored amongst the highest brand-affinity for basketball season-related brands. So take a look below to find out which one of these athletes is the right pick for your influencer marketing campaign.

And, if you feel like adventuring more in the land of influencer marketing perfect matches, check out our prior hot talent lists: 18 Trailblazers to Match Your Brand on Fall Movie Season, 19 Influential Tennis Pros to Follow During the US Open and Beyond and 12 Influencers to Follow if You Live for the Great Outdoors.   

1. Lonzo Ball:

LA Lakers’ Lonzo Ball is a trailblazer who boasts 3.7 million fans, 2.8M on Instagram, 514K on Facebook and 419K on Twitter. Ball’s fans are ages 18-24 (33%), 25-34 (35%) and 35-44 (14%). Eighty-six percent are male.

2. Markelle Fultz:

Influencer Markelle Fultz played college basketball at the University of Washington for one season before declaring for the 2017 NBA draft. He has 999 thousand fans, 771K on Instagram, 83K on Facebook and 146K on Twitter. Fultz’ fans are ages 18-24 (24%), 25-34 (37%) and 35-44 (17%). Eighty-four percent are male.

3. Jayson Tatum:

Trailblazer Jayson Tatum, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, attended Chaminade, where he rated as a five-star recruit and regarded as one of the top players in the Class of 2016 by most recruiting services. After playing basketball with the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team in 2016–2017, Tatum declared himself eligible for the 2017 NBA draft and was selected with the third overall pick by the Boston Celtics. He boasts 662 thousand fans across Instagram (531K), Facebook (4K) and Twitter (126K). Tatum’s fans are ages 18-24 (24%), 25-34 (37%) and 35-44 (17%). Eighty-eight percent are male.

4. Malik Monk:

Trailblazer Malik Monk attended Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas. As a senior, he averaged 28.6 points per game, 4.4 assists per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. In 2016, Monk played in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic where he earned Co-MVP honors alongside Kentucky teammate De'Aaron Fox. Monk played AAU basketball for Wings Elite. He also participated in the Nike Global Challenge and NBPA Top 100 camp. Monk has 461 thousand fans across Instagram (369K), Facebook (6K) and Twitter (85K). His fans are ages 18-24 (20%), 25-34 (38%) and 35-44 (18%).

5. Milos Teodosic:

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Trailblazer Milos Teodosic is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the Serbian national basketball team internationally. Teodosic boasts 441 thousand fans (116K on Instagram, 284K on Facebook and 42K on Twitter), ages 18-24 (58%) and 25-34 (30%). Fifty-eight percent are male.

6. Josh Jackson:

Trailblazer Joshua O'Neal Jackson is an American basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association with 362 thousand fans across Instagram (301K), Facebook (3K) and Twitter (58K). His fans are ages 18-24 (32%), 25-34 (35%) and 35-44 (14%). Eighty-six percent are male.

7. Kyle Kuzma:

Kyle Alexander Kuzma is a trailblazer professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kuzma played college basketball for the University of Utah before entering the NBA. He has 307 thousand fans across Instagram (245K), Facebook (3K) and Twitter (59K). Kuzma’s fans are ages 18-24 (28%), 25-34 (38%) and 78% are male.

8. Frank Ntilikina:

Frank Ntilikina is a French trailblazer who plays professionally for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. He boasts 124 thousand fans (84K on Instagram, 11K on Facebook and 29K on Twitter). His fans are ages 18-24 (25%), 25-34 (38%) and 78% are male.

9. Donovan Mitchell:

Donovan Mitchell is a trailblazer and American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz. He played college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals and has 117 thousand followers across Instagram (75K), Facebook (6K) and Twitter (36K), 31% of whom are ages 18-24 while 39% are ages 25-34. Eighty-two percent of Mitchell’s fans are male.

10. D.J. Wilson:

DeVante Jaylen "D. J." Wilson is a trailblazer and American basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines and completed his junior season for the 2016–17 team. Wilson has 81 thousand followers (59K on Instagram, 794 on Facebook and 22K on Twitter) ages 18-24 (31%) and 25-34 (38%). Eighty-nine percent are male.

11. Caleb Swanigan:

Trailblazer Caleb Swanigan is an American basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Purdue Boilermakers. Swanigan has 49 thousand fans, 32K on Instagram, 422 on Facebook and 17K on Twitter ages 18-24 (30%) and 25-34 (38%). Eighty-two percent are male.


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