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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
Skylar Diggins @skydigg4 | 921k followers
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
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
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
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.”
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.
The defending world champs started off the year with another victory. The U.S. women’s soccer team shut out the Republic of Ireland during a friendly over the weekend. The 5-0 victory was the first match of 2016, capping off the team’s nine-game victory tour after winning the World Final in July 2015.
In front of a record crowd in San Diego, forward Alex Morgan recorded her 100th career cap with the national team. Wearing the captain’s armband, she also treated fans in her home state to a first-half goal.
Meanwhile, Carli Lloyd continued her international rout with a hat trick, reminiscent of her 2015 World Final game.
Newcomer Mallory Pugh scored the final goal of the game in her first international cap. The 17-year-old forward’s promising start comes as the team says good bye to American stalwart Abby Wambach.
Speaking of good byes, Sydney Leroux says good bye for now. The U.S. forward won’t be heading to Brazil with the rest of her team because she announced yesterday that she is expecting her first child with husband and Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer.
The team heads to Texas in February for the 2016 CONCACAF women’s qualifying championship, so mark your calendars.
2015 has become the past. While there are many incredible sports moments yet to come in 2016, this is a time to look back at all the major feats our Eastbay athletes accomplished this past year — they did pretty well.
2015 World Cup Champions
Leading up to the tournament, we featured not one, but seven, USWNT players on either the catalog or eastbay.com. That included the likes of Sydney Leroux, Kelley O’Hara, Heather O’Reilly, Becky Sauerbrunn, Morgan Brian, Lauren Holiday, and Alex Morgan. Those players dedicated their lives to that one goal, and they brought home the trophy for the first time since 1999.
NBA Finals + NBA MVP + 24-0 Start
He’s the best, and those accomplishments above prove it. In 2015, Stephen Curry didn’t just win the league’s MVP award and bring Golden State its first championship in 40 years, but he went on to lead the Warriors to an NBA-record 24-0 start to the 2015-16 season. 2015 was Curry’s year.
No. 7 Overall NBA Draft Pick
Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t take the traditional path to the NBA. He skipped the whole college thing so he could play basketball professionally in China to prepare himself for the NBA. Well, it worked, because the explosive and versatile Mudiay was drafted No. 7 overall by the Denver Nuggets.
Elena Delle Donne’s 2015 season was one of the best in WNBA history. She averaged 23.4 points per game, which is fifth best in league history, and she set a league record by converting on 95 percent of her free throws. Delle Donne was the definition of efficiency, game in and game out — that’s the Eastbay way.
Best Start In Team History (14-0)
The Carolina Panthers were doubted. Critics and fans thought of the Panthers as, at best, an above-average football team, but no one gave them the credit of an elite team. Fortunately, Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly feed off that doubt. It drives them to be their best. Those two led Carolina to its first-ever 14-0 start, and with the playoffs starting, it could become ever better. Plus, Newton is a frontrunner for the league’s MVP award.
Top 15 On NFL’s Top 100 Players Of 2015 List
Two of our Eastbay athletes made that list: DeMarco Murray (No. 4) and Luke Kuechly (No. 14). You just read about Kuechly’s outstanding 2015, but Murray’s season didn’t quite live up to the high expectations. After one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen in 2014-15, Murray stumbled a bit this year, but there’s no denying his talent.
Cubs Rookie Home Run Record + Wild Card Berth
Few players in the MLB have the power of Kris Bryant. After finally being called up by the Chicago Cubs, Bryant took off running at the plate, becoming one of the league’s most feared power hitters. His 26 homers put him atop the list of Cubs rookies, ahead of Hall of Famer Billy Williams. That power helped Chicago reach the postseason for the first time since 2008. The future looks bright for Bryant, that’s for sure.
Superstar In The Making
The shortstop position in Boston hasn’t been this solidified since Nomar Garciaparra was traded in 2004. With Xander Bogaerts on the diamond, Boston’s infield no longer has any problems. Once ranked the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, Bogaerts has sky-high expectations, and he lived up to the hype in 2015. Not only was he a defensive juggernaut, but he excelled at the plate, hitting .320 with seven homers and 81 RBIs. The potential here is endless — just wait until next season.
Like we said, 2015 is gone now, but these accomplishments will live on forever. Congrats to all our dedicated Eastbay athletes who know winning takes discipline, training, and desire. Keep up the hard work — 2016 is going to be one to remember.
MLB National League MVP
In just his fourth season in the big leagues, at 22 years and 353 days old, Bryce Harper bagged his first MVP award, making him the third youngest player to ever do so. And it was certainly deserved. Harper finished the season with a .330 average, hitting 42 home runs and 99 RBIs. The stats speak for themselves.