BY PETER HAILEY
When most people send out a tweet, they may get a few laughs or a couple of retweets. When most people post something on Instagram, they might get some likes and comments. And when most people show up at an event, they do so for free.
This year's top NBA Draft prospects, however, aren't most people.
Thuzio, a database that has information on the "commercial profile for 20,000+ current and former athletes, coaches and sports personalities," lists the estimated appearance fees for many players in the 2015 NBA Draft class, as well as how much it would cost to have the Association's next wave of talent send out a tweet or post on Instagram on behalf of a company or organization. And after going through the listings of some of the draft's biggest names, it's clear that the soon-to-be rookies can make a pretty decent living off of social media until they hear their name called on June 25th.
For example, Thuzio reports that Jahlil Okafor makes appearances for $25,000, but if you don't have that type of money, he'll post something on Instagram for you for $10,000 or tweet something for you for $5,000. If you're looking for a former Blue Devil to talk up your organization but can't afford Okafor, though, don't fret: Justise Winslow, who played with Okafor at Duke last season, commands just $10,000 per appearance, posts on Instagram for about $6,500, and tweets things for $2,000.
Other lottery prospects who aren't as prominent, such as Texas' Myles Turner and Kentucky's Trey Lyles, ask for even less, but you shouldn't feel sorry for them: Their appearance fees typically typically hover around $7,000, and they'll do social media plugs for between $1,000 and $4,000.
Thuzio does this for athletes in all sports, so if you're trying to book a player for a birthday party or have them tweet about your new restaurant, it's worth checking out.