If you weren’t already convinced that the NBA universe revolves around Steph Curry and LeBron James, here’s your proof.
All-Star Weekend is upon us, meaning we’ve reached the de facto halfway point in the 2016-17 NBA season. Instagram has pulled data on the most popular posts of this season’s first half. Much like on the court, Curry and James dominate the league online.
The top six posts, determined by a combination of likes and comments, not only tell the story of the first half, but paint a picture of two players whose popularity transcends the league.
6. LeBron James’ tribute to the late Craig Sager
The basketball world collectively mourned the loss of Craig Sager, a legendary, beloved NBA broadcaster who died in December after battling leukemia. He’ll be remembered for his kindness, professionalism and, of course, his wild suits.
His death cast a somber shadow on this season’s early weeks.
5. Steph Curry the double selfie machine
Again, Curry’s universal fame makes him a mainstay of this list. Fans love Steph, his wife Ayesha Curry, and his two daughters. But more on that later.
4. Curry brotherly love
Steph has undoubtedly eclipsed his younger brother Seth in both talent and popularity, but the two are obviously still close, and the world can’t get enough of anything to do with Steph’s family.
3. Richard Jefferson’s big dunk on Klay Thompson
NBA veteran and Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson posterized the Warriors’ Klay Thompson with this epic dunk on Christmas Day. Jefferson is 36, despite LeBron James’ joke in his Instagram caption. Nonetheless, it was an impressive display of athleticism from a pretty senior player.
That game marked the first meeting between Cleveland and Golden State since last year’s NBA Finals. Many are anticipating a rematch between the two teams, considering they’ve both led their respective conferences for most of the year.
2. The King gets his ring
Speaking of the NBA Finals, Cleveland won its first ever last June, with LeBron James fulfilling a promise he made to his hometown when he returned to the Cavaliers in 2014. It took a couple seasons, but LeBron finally got that coveted ring.
And he won it by beating Steph Curry’s Warriors.
1. Family Goals with the Currys
Here it is. The top post of the first half. It has absolutely nothing to do with basketball, and everything to do with a beautiful family that has taken the NBA by storm.
The NBA belongs to Curry and James. Everyone else is just playing in it.