NBA Social Media Awards 2013: Date, Time, TV Info, Nominees & Predictions

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NBA Social Media Awards 2013: Date, Time, TV Info, Nominees & Predictions
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Last year, the NBA invented and hosted the inaugural Social Media Awards, a successful ceremony honoring players around the league for various feats and tweets over the 2011-12 campaign.

In 2013, the Social Media Awards will be making their triumphant return, with a number of redesigned categories.

Athletes will be honored for not only performing actions that set Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the various platforms abuzz, but also rewarded for participating with the medium and interacting with fans and supporters in creative ways.

This year, the league insured that most of the fat was cut and the more unexciting rewards were either cut or given out prior to the televised special—such as the Los Angeles Clippers receiving the “Fan Nation” award.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch this exciting ceremony, what time it takes place, who the nominees are in each category, predict some winners and more in our Social Media Awards preview.

When: Wednesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. ET

Watch: NBA TV

Hosts: Chris Webber (@realchriswebber), with Rocsi Diaz (@rocsidiaz) and Stephen Curry (@stephencurry30)

*Nominees and descriptions courtesy of

Snap Shot Award

Photo Credit: KevinLove on Instagram

Dwight Howard

Drama, what drama? Dwight Howard "fights" with Kobe Bryant in front of head coach Mike D'Antoni

Kevin Love

Kevin Love snaps a pic of comedian Zach Galifinakis and his biggest (literally) fan Nikola Pekovic.

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade poses with legendary NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein.

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry makes amends for accidentally dissing Draymond Green's high-five attempt during his 54-point game at Madison Square Garden.

Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire's truck gets flooded out during Superstorm Sandy.

Predicted Winner: Dwight Howard

Photo Credit: KobeBryant on Twitter

The Epic Award

Heat vs Celtics, March 18

LeBron scores 37 and adds the game-winner as the Heat edge the Celtics to extend their winning streak to 23 games.

Heat vs Bulls, March 27

The never-say-die Chicago Bulls stun the Heat and put an end to the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.

Raptors vs Lakers, March 8

With the playoff race heating up, Kobe leads by example and pours in 42 to beat the Raptors in overtime.

Warriors vs Knicks, Feb. 27

Stephen Curry puts on a show in the Big Apple with 54 points but Melo and Amar'e combine to lift the Knicks to victory.

Thunder vs Nuggets, March 1

Ty Lawson hits a 23-foot jumper with 0.2 on the clock as the Nuggets beat the Thunder for their 10th straight home win.

Predicted Winner: Heat vs. Bulls, March 27

The LOL Award

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee trips himself and then fires an erratic pass (or was it a shot?) into the stands.

Bulls inbounds pass

The Bulls forget a key part of inbounding the ballthe actual "inbound" part.

Greg Smith

Houston's Greg Smith earns himself an unorthodox three-second violation for tying his shoes in the lane.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook brings the "D" and rejects the Nuggets' mascot's half-court shot.

Marc Gasol

The Grizzlies' Marc Gasol employs the little-used "shoe defense."

Predicted Winner:JaVale McGee

Social Slam Award

DeAndre Jordan

Lob City comes to play as DeAndre Jordan throws down an epic one-handed slam.

LeBron James

LeBron James puts Jason Terry on a poster with this vicious dunk.

Blake Griffin

The Clippers know how to entertain as Jamal Crawford flips a nifty through-the-legs pass for Blake Griffin to finish.

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes announces his NBA presence with a big slam over Nikola Pekovic.

J.R. Smith

New York's J.R. Smith pulls off the acrobatic reverse jam on the Spurs.

Predicted Winner: DeAndre Jordan

FTW Award

Joe Johnson 

Joe Johnson drains a step back shot at the buzzer to sink the Pistons in overtime.

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis silences the Rockets' crowd with this off-balance shot that gets the shooter's roll for the win.

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith does it again with this near impossible fadeaway shot from the corner to beat the Suns.

Damian Lillard

The NBA's top rookie get his first career NBA buzzer-beater with this shot to beat New Orleans.

Tony Parker

Tony Parker and the Spurs execute a last-second inbounds play to perfection to take down OKC.

Prediction: Monta Ellis

The OMG Award 

Miami Heat 

Miami Heat Harlem Shake

Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves' Spread Love for Breast Health Awareness Month campaign

Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers dancing kid

Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler's trick shots in London

Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets players get ready for an evening of Russian culture

Prediction: Miami Heat

Trendsetter Award 

Russell Westbrook 

LeBron James

Dwyane Wade

Carmelo Anthony

James Harden

Prediction: Russell Westbrook

Photo Credit: SportsIllustrated

The 140 Award 

Kobe Bryant

Brandon Knight

Phil Jackson

Jeff Green

Blake Griffin

Predicted Winner: Kobe Bryant

The Social MVP 

Who is the league's social MVP?

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Kobe Bryant 

LeBron James

Chris Paul

Blake Griffin

Stephen Curry

Prediction: Kobe Bryant

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