The 12 Must-Follow Athletes On Instagram

The 12 Must-Follow Athletes On Instagram

Many of the world’s best athletes are active on Instagram. It’s a great way for athletes to connect with their fans off the field. And for these 12, game-day skills translate into social dominance. These are the top 12 athletes that you NEED to follow on Instagram.

Stephen Curry @stephencurry30 | 7.5m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA0j23_TfW8

With by far the largest following on this list, there’s no reason not to follow the reigning NBA MVP and defending champ. Between going behind the scenes of Steph’s life and watching the dubsmashes with his wife, there are very few on his level.

Russell Westbrook @russwest44 | 3.4m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAU7Xk_iiPc

As one of the best-dressed athletes on the planet, Russ needs to be on this list. Whether he’s showing off his latest look, sharing his charity work, or gushing about his wife, this man is one of best athlete Instagrammers out there.

Serena Williams @serenawilliams | 2.7m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BATxNAhMTCe

A force on the court, a fashion icon off it. If you want a look into the life of one of the most dominant athletes who’s ever lived, this is it.

James Harden @jharden13 | 2.6m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/9HNehrNlTl

James’ account is loaded with celebrity and athlete encounters. He truly lives the life of a superstar baller. Who doesn’t want to stay up to date with that?

Nick Young @swaggyp1 | 2m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAtdBXPOGPS

He’s a fashion icon and a family man who regularly posts about his son and his girl Iggy Azalea. Swaggy P is all about standing out and showing your true personality. We believe in self-expression, so naturally, we believe in Swaggy P.

JJ Watt @justinjames99 | 1.7m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/_9NsHpyG1D

JJ loves his fans, and he lets them know it. This is who you should be following if want to be inspired to be the best you can be, on and off the field.

Sydney Leroux @sydneyleroux | 926k followers

On the field, she’s a relentless forward that terrorizes defenders. Off it, she’s a fan favorite because of her inside looks at the USWNT, her dog Boss (who has his own Instagram account), her soccer star husband Dom Dwyer, and some of the funniest captions in the business.

https://www.instagram.com/p/9HrGzomWHK

Skylar Diggins @skydigg4 | 921k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA5rGuLwYuA

Her feed has the perfect combo of grit, glam, and fam. From training vids and foodie pics to stylish selfies and updates on her basketball camp, Skylar is a must-have on your follow list.

Allyson Felix @af85 | 276k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA-iSpumgdR

She’s a true champion and her feed shows you why. Allyson’s training vids show the incredible work ethic it takes to be one of the best. Plus, you get a peek at her life off the track, including all the amazing places she travels to.

Elena Delle Donne @de11edonne | 184k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAnJfdNmNTO

As the 2015 WNBA MVP, Elena knows how to balance fun with work. Her feed is a perfect representation of the balance it takes to be the league’s best.

Jordan Burroughs @alliseeisgold | 180k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAYPQJVFw3T

Jordan is unstoppable on the mat and unbeatable on Instagram. If you follow him, you’ll see everything from training videos and inspirational messages to pics with his son Beacon (who also has his own account) and posts about baby number two that’s on the way. Like it says in his bio, “You are now watching history in the making.”

Melvin Gordon III @iammelvingordoniii | 131k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAxy7JAovwD

Following MG3 gives you a unique look into the life of a rising star in the NFL. As a first-round running back, Melvin has a lot of pressure to be great, but he keeps his feed lighthearted and doesn’t let the pressure get to him. He’s got the style and swagger of a top athlete Instagrammer.

The other must-follow account? Eastbay’s, of course. Follow @officialeastbay for the latest releases and a behind-the-scenes look at how to gain an edge in sports and life.

Skylar Diggins Covers January Issue of Eastbay

Skylar Diggins Covers January Issue of Eastbay

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words // Brandon Richard

Ready to embark on her second WNBA season, Skylar Diggins recently teamed up with Eastbay to show us how she prepares to win. With Skylar, we sat down for an exclusive interview, in which she spoke about her professional and personal life, fashion and her status as a role model to young women. All of this in addition to shooting for the cover of this month’s Eastbay catalog.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Skylar was named Miss Indiana Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American in 2009 before taking her talents to the University of Notre Dame. As a member of the Irish, Diggins went to three Final Fours, was a two-time Big East Player of the Year, three-time AP All-American and left as the school’s all-time leading scorer. She also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management-Entrepreneurship. Last year, she entered the WNBA Draft as one of the much hyped ‘Three to See’ and was selected third overall by the Tulsa Shock.

With her rookie campaign now out of the way, Diggins is ready to return to the BOK Center hardwood to help the Shock improve on last season’s mark. She’s preparing to win, training harder than ever in hopes of getting her team to its first postseason since relocating from Detroit in 2010.

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The best way to get a feel for Skylar’s mindset heading into season two is to hear it directly from her. In the video interview below, Skylar tells us the best part of being in the WNBA, describes her playing style, explains how she balances her busy personal life and career and recalls her Eastbay experiences growing up.

In addition to being one of the best female ballers on the planet, Skylar is also known for her fashion sense and personal style. Here, she describes her off-court style, lists her favorite colors and explains the story behind her famous tied-up headband.

As one of today’s most high-profile female players, Skylar is a role model to young girls and women everywhere. Recognizing the reach of her influence, she tells us why being a role model is important to her and offers a little advice to her young fanbase.

But Skylar doesn’t just want to tell you how she’s training and what she’s training in — she wants to show you. Below is a lookbook of the new Nike Women’s Training gear she wears while putting in the work necessary to be one of the world’s elite.

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For her warm up, Skylar stays cool in Nike Dri-Fit.

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Keeping herself warm during the colder months, Skylar trains in the Nike Pro Half-Zip.

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The Nike Elastika Tank pulls sweat off the skin to keep you cool and dry during intense training. Skylar pairs hers with a colorNike Pro Bra and fun printed Nike Pro Shorts.

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Leggings are a big current fashion trend for women, but offer some performance value as well. Nike’s Leg-A-See Tight is stylish and versatile, offering a comfortable fit that moves with you.

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The Nike Tech Fleece Poncho, an off-court essential for Skylar offering style that won’t let her down.

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And the end result — Skylar Diggins covering your January 2014 Eastbay Catalog.

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Is Skylar excited? You bet.