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????The most trolled NBA player on Twitter is Golden State Warriors legend Steph Curry with 27.9% of the tweets about him analyzed holding a negative tone

????Washington Wizards point guard, Russell Westbrook, is the second most trolled player on Twitter with 24.6% of negative tweets

????LA Lakers LeBron James places fourth with 22.1% of tweets centered around the player being negative

With the likes of Beyoncé, Jay Z and Drake sitting courtside, it’s no secret basketball has one of the
most passionate, and famous, fan bases in sports. Regardless of their results, it seems NBA players
will always be prone to receiving criticism online, whether it’s out of spite, jealousy or fans thinking
they know best.

This inspired the experts at
TopRatedCasinos.co.uk to find out
which NBA player has been trolled
the most on Twitter.

To do this, TopRatedCasinos.co.uk
conducted a thorough Twitter
sentiment analysis using SEMrush to
analyze thousands of tweets, taking
into consideration the number of
negative words in comparison to
positive and neutral words tweeted
by others towards them.

Negative Tweets

In first place, and the most trolled
NBA star, is Golden State Warriors
legend Stephen Curry with 27.9% of
the tweets analyzed of a negative

The most used emojis in tweets about the point guard is the cry laughing emojis (????) and the loudly crying emoji (????). 

Placing second is Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook, with 24.6% of the tweets aimed at him negative.

The most used emojis for Westbrook is the cry laughing emojis (????) and the hundred points emoji (????).

In third place is Joel “The Process” Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers center, with 22.3% of tweets directly mentioning him reflecting a negative tone.

The most used emojis in tweets about Embiid is the bin emoji (????), the cry laughing emoji (????) and the fire emoji (????).

In fourth place is LA Lakers star and power forward LeBron James, with 22.1% of tweets towards him derogatory.

In fifth and sixth place is Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Kevin Durant (21.7%) and point guard Kyrie Irving (20.7%).

Positive Tweets 

Despite receiving the most negativity online, Stephen Curry also secured the top spot for the player receiving the most positive tweets of those analyzed (47.5%).

Following closely behind is both LeBron James and Blake Griffin with 46.7% of tweets denoting positive sentiments. 

The most used emojis in tweets about James is the cry laughing emojis (????) and the fire emoji (????), and Griffin’s is the cry laughing emoji (????), the fire emoji (????) and the loudly crying emoji (????).

Portland Trail Blazers Carmelo Anthony places third with 46.1% of the tweets analyzed showing positivity and support for the player. 

The most used emojis in tweets about the power forward is the fire emoji (????) and the cry laughing emojis (????). 


  1. The analytical experts at TopRatedCasinos.co.uk used the online analytics tool SEMrush to collect Twitter data, looking specifically at NBA players.
  2. A collection of up to 3,000 tweets mentioning each player was analyzed for positive, neutral and negative words. 
  3. The data extracted from Twitter ranges from October 2020 to January 2021. 

*Please see excel sheet for full data breakdown. 


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