Embracing social media is a part of the culture of today's NBA, and the 2014 Social Media Awards exemplify the best of the best of this year's social media posts.
Some of your favorite NBA stars are regular users of Instagram, Twitter, Vine and Facebook. While their following was gathered mostly because of their status as professional athletes, they certainly don't disappoint with their posts. They are certainly stars on the court, but some of them are superstars on the Internet too.
The winners of this year's Social Media Awards definitely deserve the praise. Want to keep track of them all? Continue reading and check back in the coming days to see updates about every winner. One award will be announced per day through June 22.
Full List of Winners
|Best Vine/Video||June 13||Kyrie Irving||Vine|
|Selfie Award||June 14||Jrue Holiday|
|Best Hashtag||June 15||Blake Griffin|
|LOL Award||June 16||Nick Young|
|"AWW" Award||June 17||Klay Thompson|
|Best #TBT||June 18||Kendall Marshall|
|Social Rookie||June 19||Mason Plumlee||Various|
|Best Post||June 20||Rajon Rondo|
|Team Social MVP||June 21||Houston Rockets||Various|
|Social MVP||June 22||TBD||TBD|
The Best of the Best
The above Vine earned Kyrie Irving the Best Vine/Video award, but was it one of the best social media exploits of the past year?
While the fans certainly chose a worthy winner for each category, I'm here to break down which of those winners were the best.
My personal favorite has to be this gem from Jrue Holiday:
This Instagram happened to earn Holiday the Selfie Award. Ellen Degeneres' selfie both won (and broke) the Internet recently, but this Holiday selfie is worth acknowledging. Of course, it would be nothing without the help of fellow New Orleans Pelican Anthony Davis.
The usage of the unibrow in this one is perfect.
The Best Hashtag Award is an instant classic, as Blake Griffin and his older brother, Taylor, posed in matching outfits when they were younger. Blake is seen making what appears to be the modern-day duck face, prompting the hashtag "#theoriginalduckface."
While the hashtag is great, I'm drawn to this post for one reason and one reason only.
Nice jorts, Blake.
Finally, the NBA's LOL Award was awarded to none other than Nick "Swaggy P" Young of the Los Angeles Lakers. Young is known for his off-court antics, and this one might take the cake.
As we all know, the Lakers are currently mired in a bit of a funk. The team lacks depth and is still without a head coach. Byron Scott is said to be the favorite, per Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, but nothing is set in stone.
Back in May, Young offered to throw his name into the hat with this award-winning tweet:
I'll be the new coach— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) May 7, 2014
One can't help but wonder what Young's Lakers would be like. I foresee a philosophy change, where the offense runs through Young instead of Kobe Bryant. I picture Young launching 10-plus threes per game and striving to overtake the Black Mamba as the team's leading scorer.
Thankfully for basketball and the Lakers, Young will just stick to scoring off the bench and arousing a good laugh from his Twitter followers.
The last time the Boston Celtics won the NBA title in 2008, they defeated the Lakers in a thrilling six-game NBA Finals series. That seems as long ago as the amount of seconds that lapsed for Boston point guard Rajon Rondo before his January return to the court from a torn ACL:
29,233,380 secs— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014
Rondo's obscure, creative and mathematically sound musing was good enough for Rondo to win the Best Post award:
Usually a man of few words in front of the mass media, Rondo has some unique insight to share with the Twittersphere in promoting his personal brand through social media. These gems don't come often, though. Rondo has tweeted less than 1,000 times since joining Twitter in 2010.
However, perhaps this award will lead to Rondo taking on more of a prominent online presence and letting his personality shine for fans. Now he's the current face of the Celtics franchise in the midst of a new era. If more of Rondo's thoughts surface in the public eye, he could see a big boost in universal likability the sooner Boston return to its winning ways.