Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook was honoured with the 2016-17 NBA MVP award during the 2017 NBA Awards ceremony in NY on Monday evening.
Westbrook carried the Thunder on a nightly basis, setting the new standard by recording 42 triple-doubles, one better than the former single-season mark set by Robertson.
The 28-year-old guard who helped the Americans win 2012 London Olympic gold averaged a league-high 31.6 points plus 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists a game, matching Oscar Robertson from 1962 with double digits in three statistical categories for a full season. Oklahoma Cityâ€šÃ “Ã´s Russell Westbrook, Houstonâ€šÃ “Ã´s James Harden and San Antonioâ€šÃ “Ã´s Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for MVP of the 2016-17 season”. He had a franchise-record 10 steals in a February 10 game at Memphis while recording the first triple-double in National Basketball Association history without scoring in double figures, adding 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Russell Westbrook has received a lot of praise in the wake of winning his first MVP award, but one former teammate’s congratulatory message is sure to make plenty of news – Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors.
The Thunder star paid tribute to his family for all their support during his career leading up to this moment.
Westbrook’s victory ended the first NBA Awards show. Westbrook said. “I want to give a special thanks to all the fans in Oklahoma City”.
Before this season, the NBA’s awards were given at various times throughout the postseason.
In the 2008 National Basketball Association draft, Russell Westbrook was drafted 4th overall by the #Oklahoma City Thunder (formerly Seattle Supersonics). “Great organization”, D’Antoni said of the Rockets’ 55-win season. It’s D’ Antoni’s second Coach of the Year award.
Kawhi Leonard was third with nine first-place votes and 500 points.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon won the Rookie of the Year award.
“I want to thank my agent and my team”.
In other awards, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki won the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award while Charlotte’s Kemba Walker was honored with the Sportsmanship Award and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas won the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.