Which NBA player receives the
most negative tweets on a daily basis? Whose mentions are
predominantly positive? Thanks to a new study by TopRatedCasinos.co.uk, we have the answers.
They compiled roughly 3,000
tweets that were sent to various NBA players between October 2020
to January 2021, and each tweet was analyzed for positive, negative
and neutral words using the online analytics tool SEMrush.
They found that Golden State
Warriors guard Stephen Curry is the most-trolled NBA player on
Twitter. Of all the tweets sent to Curry, 27.9% had a negative
tone, which was the highest percentage of any player.
Washington Wizards guard Russell
Westbrook received the second-most negative tweets, with 24.6% of
his mentions categorized as negative.
In third place is Philadelphia
76ers center Joel Embiid, with 22.3% of tweets mentioning him
reflecting a negative tone. In tweets about Embiid, the most-used
emoji was the garbage-bin emoji, per the study.
Rounding out the top-six were
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (22.1% negative tweets) and
Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant (21.7%) and Kyrie Irving
Which players had the lowest
percentage of negative tweets?
Warriors guard Klay Thompson
doesn’t get many trolls in his mentions, as just 14.6% of tweets
directed at him were negative. Jamal Crawford (15.7%), Chris Paul
(16.4%), Isaiah Thomas (16.9%) and Anthony Davis (16.9%) also don’t
get as much hate as their NBA peers.
Interestingly, despite receiving
the most negativity, Curry also received the most positive tweets
of all the players analyzed (1,325). Of the 2,789 tweets to Curry
that were analyzed, 1,325 were positive, 778 were negative and 686
were neutral. While he may have haters, he has plenty of diehard
fans as well.
The study also tracked which
players received the highest percentage of positive
Curry (47.5%) and LeBron (46.7%)
received the most positive tweets, showing that there's plenty of
love mixed in with the hate. Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (46.7%) and
Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (46.1%) also got a
lot of positive tweets.
The big takeaway from this study
is that professional athletes can’t please everyone. Even the
players whose mentions were mostly positive still had negative
tweets directed at them roughly 15% of the time.
Once you reach a certain level
of fame, you’ll inevitably deal with haters and trolls.