2013 NBA Social Media Awards [Results]

While the Spurs and Heat stay locked in a fierce battle for an NBA championship, the NBA held it’s annual social media award show on Wednesday, highlighting the year’s best in social media within the sport. Whether or not this warrants a ceremony of sorts is up to you, but it’s safe to say that social media is alive and well within the NBA community. Getting to know current and former players on a personal level through Twitter and Facebook, makes it especially easy to cheer for them on the court. The players get a kick out of it too, posting frequently and giving us an inside view of team chemistry, as well as insight into their personal lives.

The night’s big winner was none other than the Black Mamba himself, Kobe Bryant, who took home the 140 Award (Best Tweet) and the Social MVP  award. After joining Twitter in January, Kobe became a must follow account for his one-of-a-kind personality and his reputation for saying exactly what’s on his mind. Just ask Laker’s coach Mike D’Antoni.

Here’s a complete list of the winners from the 2013 NBA Social Media Awards:

Snap Shot Award

WINNER: Drama, what drama? Dwight Howard “fights” with Kobe Bryant in front of head coach Mike D’Antoni

The Epic Award

WINNER: 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.

The LOL Award

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

Social Slam Award

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

FTW Award [For The Win]

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

The OMG Award

WINNER: Miami Heat: Harlem Shake

Trendsetter Award

WINNER: Russell Westbrook

The 140 Award

WINNER: Kobe Bryant on Feb. 24: “Amnesty THAT

The Social MVP

WINNER: Kobe Bryant

Social Rookie Award

WINNER: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Social Difference Award

WINNER: Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers

Fan Nation Award

L.A. Clippers