Here’s something I noticed about newest Wizard Paul Pierce: he has more than 3 million Twitter followers.
That’s a lot. In fact, it’s more than the most popular Redskins player (RGIII), Caps player (Alex Ovechkin), Nats player (Bryce Harper) and D.C. United player (Eddie Johnson), combined.
Hey, here’s a chart!
We had some debate in the office about this, and decided that Kastles players — even those who don’t play all that often — would count. Ravens and Orioles players would not count. Neither would players turned media members (Chris Cooley), or players who have sort of retired even if not exactly officially (London Fletcher).
The chart covers D.C. athletes with more than 100,000 followers. Here are D.C. athletes with between 50,000 and 100,000 Twitter followers.
Sloane Stephens (Kastles) 87,600
Ali Krieger (Spirit) 86,200
Alfred Morris (Redskins) 85,700
Ryan Kerrigan (Redskins) 78,800
Kevin Seraphin (Wizards) 78,600
John Carlson (Capitals) 71,500
Denard Span (Nationals) 67,400
Drew Gooden (Wizards) 66,700
Martina Hingis (Kastles) 65,100
Marcin Gortat (Wizards) 57,200
Niles Paul (Redskins) 56,100
Ian Desmond (Nationals) 54,600
Jason Hatcher (Redskins) 53,400
Somewhere below that cut-off come fringe D.C. sports figures, Tyler Clippard, Randy Edsall, me and Ted Leonsis.