Westbrook caps historic season with MVP award

Posted June 28, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been named the 2016-17 NBA MVP, it was announced at tonight's NBA Awards.

Westbrook broke the single season triple double record, reaching double digits in points scored, rebounds and assists in 42 games this season. Westbrook led Oklahoma City to 47 wins and the sixth seed in the Western Conference after Kevin Durant left the Thunder and signed with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent.

Russ becomes the second Thunder player to win the NBA's MVP in the last four years.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates after scoring a game-winning, three-point shot at the buzzer against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on April 9, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

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After accepting his MVP award on Monday in New York, Westbrook delivered a touching speech and even brought his teammates up onto the stage before moving on to thank his parents, brother, and wife.

Gordon beat out Rockets teammate Lou Williams and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the award given to the league's top player off the bench. The NBA will announce the victor of the MVP and the other individual honors during the first NBA Awards show in NY. The award was presented to Spurs executive Monty Williams for the way he has persevered through the grief of his wife, Ingrid, dying in a auto crash past year.

Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only other player to average a triple-double for a season.

In what was always expected to be a tight race, with a handful of worthy candidates, Westbrook earned 69 of 100 first-place votes, dominating that category.

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"They've sacrificed so much, their time and their lives to make sure that I have everything I need to be successful and go out and compete at a high level every night", Russ explained. Harden received 22 first-place votes and 753 points while Leonard received nine first-place votes and 500 points overall.

The second team guards were Tony Allen of Memphis and Danny Green of the Spurs.

Philadelphia's Dario Saric and Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon were unanimously selected to the All-Rookie first team.

When you put up numbers not seen before in the history of professional basketball in America, it's little doubt that you probably should be the most valuable player.

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