Welcome back to The Crossover’s weekly social media power rankings, where we determine who won the week off the court. This week, Joel Embiid makes his triumphant return, we raise the ceiling and Hassan Whiteside doles out some new nicknames. We’ll rank performances from best to worst. Here’s how the week shook out:
1. Michael Jordan
The man is a walking meme. First he cries, then he calls the ceiling the roof!? This was unquestionably the moment of the week, and it’s an early nominee for moment of the year.
2. Ron Baker
If you’re counting, this is Ron Baker’s third appearance on the Social Rankings. Cloudy with a chance of haterz. He’ll steal your woman if you’re not careful.
3. Suns Gorilla
I know we try to stay away from on-court play, but hey, so do mascots! We’re all still trying to figure out why the Suns gorilla dove on the floor, though it appears he picked up a foreign object and potentially saved a player from injury. Need answers.
4. Hassan Whiteside
Look, when you’ve got Mark Cuban calling people “Swaggy Swag,” you know NBA nicknames need a savior. Hassan Whiteside is here to give out some good nicknames.
5. Steph Curry
This is the most successful takedown of Draymond Green I’ve seen since last year’s league decision to suspended him for Game 5.
6. Joel Embiid
Our fallen hero has returned with more good content.
7. Manu Ginobili
This week, I found out that not only does Manu Ginobili have a Twitter account, but he has a sense of humor!
8. Jeff Van Gundy
I’m totally in on sippy cups. I miss them. Hell, since I’m an adult now, I might just go buy one because no one’s stopping me.
9. Brandon Jennings
This is what we call in golf a “power slice.” Nothing wrong with that.
10. Mark Cuban
He called a grown man “Swaggy Swag” and took Russell Westbrook out of the MVP discussion this week, but the real reason he’s in here is for looking like the proudest father after Dirk’s 30,000th point.