The 2012 NBA Finals tip off Tuesday night with a hugely intriguing matchup between LeBron James’s Miami Heat and Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
The series may go seven games before we know who deserves the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, but the pre-series results are already in as far as the Twittershere is concerned — and the Heat win in a rout.
Over the course of the playoffs, the Heat have been mentioned about 750,000 times compared to about 285,000 mentions for the Thunder. Heat players, meanwhile, count about twice as many cumulative followers as the Thunder.
The social media analytics company PeopleBrowsr recently pulled this data and more using its Kred influence measurement tool to create the infographic below, which details how the two NBA finalists stack up on Twitter. Kred’s algorithms measure Twitter reach and influence, as well as how generous users are about interacting with their followers.
While Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and James Harden have highest Kred “outreach scores” at 8 apiece (on a scale of 11), the Heat have them beat when it comes to influence. James, the world’s most followed basketball player, tops out with 998 of a possible 1,000 influence points, while Dwyane Wade is right behind at 994. Kevin Durant leads the Thunder at 992.
Check out the infographic below to get Kred’s full picture on how the NBA Finals shake out on Twitter.
As the Finals get underway, be sure to check out Mashable‘s NBA Finals mRank to see which players and teams are getting the most buzz during the series. And if you’re not sure how to keep up online, just head over to our 11 Twitter accounts to follow for the NBA Finals. Also, during Game 1 Tuesday night, NBA stars Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings will be hanging out in the PlayUp social sports app to chat with fans.
Which Heat or Thunder players do you follow on Twitter? Let us know in the comments.