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The large, global social media following of the Lakers welcomed Julius Randle with open arms after he was taken with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. Randle gained over 40,000 new Twitter followers overnight to lead all first-round picks. The other significant mover was overall No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, who gained over 32,000 new followers overnight after being drafted by the Cavaliers. After the top two, there is a considerable drop-off in new followers. Doug McDermott, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum and Jabari Parker were all lottery picks that gained over 15,000 followers overnight. A late-round mover was LeBron James-approved guard Shabazz Napier, who gained over 14,000 followers after being acquired by the Heat in a trade. All Twitter follower information was compiled from official accounts on June 26 and June 27.

TWITTER FOLLOWER GAINS AMONG NBA FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS
PICK
TEAM PLAYER
SCHOOL/
COUNTRY
6/27
FOLLOWS
6/26
FOLLOWS
ADDS
7
Lakers Julius Randle
Kentucky
148,820
108,012
40,808
1
Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins
Kansas
199,792
167,761
32,031
11
Bulls* Doug McDermott
Creighton
82,608
64,073
18,535
3
76ers Joel Embiid
Kansas
67,229
49,956
17,273
5
Jazz Dante Exum
Australia
37,031
20,227
16,804
2
Bucks Jabari Parker
Duke
140,332
123,680
16,652
24
Heat* Shabazz Napier
Connecticut
22,671
8,236
14,435
6
Celtics Marcus Smart
Okla. State
40,982
32,673
8,309
8
Kings Nik Stauskas
Michigan
77,221
70,818
6,403
4
Magic Aaron Gordon
Arizona
35,441
29,578
5,863
13
T'Wolves Zach LaVine
UCLA
12,783
8,209
4,574
23
Jazz Rodney Hood
Duke
7,954
4,107
3,847
9
Hornets Noah Vonleh
Indiana
20,429
16,661
3,768
18
Suns Tyler Ennis
Syracuse
41,299
37,827
3,472
10
Magic* Elfrid Payton
UL-Lafayette
7,177
3,762
3,415
30
Spurs Kyle Anderson
UCLA
19,248
16,004
3,244
21
Thunder Mitch McGary
Michigan
58,016
54,979
3,037
19
Nuggets* Gary Harris
Mich. State
38,836
35,989
2,847
14
Suns T.J. Warren
N.C. State
23,661
21,142
2,519
17
Celtics James Young
Kentucky
29,729
27,545
2,184
26
Hornets* P.J. Hairston
NBDL
57,893
56,057
1,836
15
Hawks Adreian Payne
Mich. State
66,979
65,248
1,731
22
Grizzlies Jordan Adams
UCLA
7,663
6,238
1,425
27
Suns Bogdan Bogdanovic
Serbia
8,204
7,215
989
16
Nuggets* Jusuf Nurkic
Bosnia-Herzegovina
1,862
1,176
686
28
Clippers C.J. Wilcox
Washington
6,986
6,348
638
25
Rockets Clint Capela
Switzerland
1,597
1,056
541
29
Thunder Josh Huestis
Stanford
3,157
3,049
108
20
Raptors Bruno Caboclo
Brazil
2,734
^
N/A
12
76ers* Dario Saric
Croatia
N/A
N/A
N/A


NOTES: * Reflects the team that acquired the player post-trade. ^ No Twitter follower information available prior to draft.
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