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By 07.15.11

5. @CoachChrisMack: “The guy in room 320 of the Marriott has to b wondering why a man was trying to break in his room. My bad man. 302, 320 they’re all the same.”

Xavier University head coach Chris Mack will tweet about anything. He’ll review energy drinks and would rather talk about the complimentary buffet at an AAU event rather than the atmosphere itself. He twists the funny into tweets about his wife and kids. Also, he likes Keebler Fudge Sticks – a lot.

4. @agentzeroshow: “Skype partners but I don’t wanna see a 40yr body on skype eww lookn like pudding in zip lock bag..lmaooo”

Hands down, Gilbert Arenas is the most ridiculous tweeter out there. If John Hollinger had a PER of best tweeters, Arenas is both frequent and efficient, his percentage of laugh-out-loud-worthy tweets being among the best. Of course, this could be due to Arenas’ realization that the lockout means the Orlando Magic can’t tell him to censor himself. But whether it’s planking or giving away pairs of shoes, there’s nothing held back from Agent Zero.

3. @DraftExpress: “Awful game. Set back basketball 30 years. RT @jondelapresa: what happened in the game between France and Croatia??? They finished 49-33…. “

If you want to know about an NBA Draft prospect before he’s an NBA Draft prospect, look no further than Draft Express and Jonathan Givony‘s Twitter feed. Also one of the most honest in the business, it’s filled with deep analysis of both U.S. and international prospects and links to the website. Information-wise, it’s the best out there.

2. @JayBilas: “Not a high horse. More of a low riding limo where I am fanned, fed grapes with nose high in the air. RT @MaruggiAlbert #getoffyourhighhorse”

I nearly put Jay Bilas atop this list, because witty is the name of the ESPN analysts’ game. With that, he’s great in dealing with critics and haters. Otherwise, Bilas is a proponent for student-athletes and has some great commentary on NCAA dealings. In the end, though, it always comes back to his sense of humor. “There’s a fake Jay Bilas account on Facebook that looks exactly like my real one. Trouble is, fake one is more interesting. Working to fix.”

1. @SHAQ: “i have crazy pictures from my achilles surgery. should i post them? u vote and decide http://t.co/CZHsCmn”

For what he’s done for the Twitterverse, Shaquille O’Neal is far-and-away the No. 1 tweeter in basketball history. He’s No. 29 on Twitaholic.com’s list of most-followed Twitter personalities with over 4 million followers. Only people like Oprah, Charlie Sheen and Barack Obama are in front of him. While I wouldn’t say each tweet has as much value as tweets by guys like Arenas, the dude retired via Twitter. And in fan interaction, Shaq is perhaps the best in the sports world.

Who are your vital basketball follows?

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