The NBA has been on the cutting edge of social media use in sports for quite some time. They have decided to further embrace the phenomenon by hosting their first annual NBA Social Media Awards.
This event is meant to celebrate the connection between what happens on the court and what fans are saying at home through 12 separate awards that range from the funniest play of the season to the most involved athlete on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
Let’s take a look at when the ceremony takes place, where you can watch it and the nominees and make some predictions on the winner.
When: Wednesday, June 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Watch: NBA TV
Video clips can be seen on official SMA website.
The Epic Award
Plenty of Points – Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook team up for 85 points.
‘Melo Takes Over – Carmelo Anthony drops 43 on the Bulls.
KD for the Win – Durant hits buzzer-beater to sink Mavericks.
Linsanity Begins – Jeremy Lin has a breakout performance against Los Angeles Lakers.
4 OT Classic – Hawks and Jazz compete in first quadruple-overtime game since 1997.
Prediction: Linsanity Begins
The LOL Award
Stick to Dunking – Blake Griffin air balls a free throw.
Vinsanity. Not. – Vince Carter travels and airballs a layup.
Out of Gas – Corey Brewer comes up short on a fast-break dunk.
Wrong Way JaVale! – JaVale McGee keeps running back after an offensive rebound.
Worst. Layup. Ever. – Nick Young throws a layup over the backboard on a fast break.
Prediction: Worst. Layup. Ever.
The Snap Shot Award
Lin Photo/Landry Fields – Photo of Lin’s infamous couch he was staying on during Linsanity.
Dwyane Wade – Wade hooping with some kids in his work attire.
Amar’e Stoudemire – STAT walking with some youths in NYC and holding hands.
Chris Paul – CP3’s son showing off his homemade mask.
Kevin Love’s Haircut – Love reveals a hearty mustache.
Prediction: Lin Photo/Landry Fields
The “Got Game” Award
Eyes in the Back – Danilo Gallinari makes an incredible behind-the-back pass.
Rudy Can’t Fly – Rudy Fernandez tosses an oop to Kenneth Faried behind his head.
KD Beats Buzzer – Durant sinks Mavericks with buzzer-beater.
Over the Top – LeBron James jumps over John Lucas III.
Blake Goes Big – Blake Griffin posterizes Kendrick Perkins.
Prediction: Over the Top, by a nose.
The Social Slam Award
Eye Opener – Paul George windmills at the end of the an overtime win.
Pick Up the Pieces – Blake Griffin dunks over Pau Gasol on a putback.
Cheat Code – LeBron flies over John Lucas.
Go Get It – Gerald Green puts down a windmill alley-oop.
The Boss – Blake Griffin destroys Kendrick Perkins.
Prediction – The Boss
Triple Threat Award
Chris Webber – Former player, current analyst, social media presence.
Kenny Smith – Former player, current analyst, social media presence.
Shaquille O’Neal - Former player, current analyst, social media presence.
Jalen Rose - Former player, current analyst, social media presence.
Magic Johnson - Former player, current analyst, social media presence.
Greg Anthony - Former player, current analyst, social media presence.
Prediction – Shaquille O’Neal
Other Award Categories
The BIG Award, The FTW Award, #Trendsetter, The FanNation Award, The Thumbs Up Award, Social MVT