Thunder's Westbrook named MVP after historic season


Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook ended his season by becoming the Most Valuabe Player of the 2016-17 campaign on Monday with maximum votes as the National Basketball Association announced awards during their inaugural show. Russ averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from long range as a high-volume shooter. Westbrook won the award over Houston Rockets' James Harden and San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard.

Westbrook's victory ended the first NBA Awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks.

Westbrook is the second player in Oklahoma City history to win the MVP award (Kevin Durant, 2013).

His award was one of several handed out Monday night as the league televised an awards show - red carpet and all - on TNT for the first time, trying to make another event on the calendar to help the television networks maximize the more than $2 billion they are now spending to hold the rights to broadcast National Basketball Association games on an annual basis.

Taylor Swift has been pretty quiet as of late, but the pop star made a point to come out of social media hiding to congratulate Russell Westbrook on his NBA Awards win.

In games during which he recorded a triple-double, the Thunder was 33-9.

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Russell Westbrook's fantastic NBA season finished in the most deserving fashion - by winning the 2016/17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

Cameroon center Joel Embiid and Croatia's Dario Saric, both with Philadelphia, were losing finalists for the top newcomer award.

D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award. Westbrook normalized the 30-10-10 line during the season, but even with the remarkable consistency, he had a number of monstrous games, among them three 50-point triple-doubles, including a career-high 57 against the Orlando Magic, and 54, plus his first career buzzer-beating game victor, against the Denver Nuggets on the night he notched his 42nd triple-double. So that's why I'm a part of your congratulations video, because we just, we go back, you know.what? This is for all you guys and I am very thankful to have you guys in my corner.

Another Bucks standout, Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon, won Rookie of the Year honors and thanked his teammates.

The All-Rookie second team consisted of Denver's Jamal Murray, Boston's Jaylen Brown, the Suns' Marquese Chriss, Lakers guard Brandon Ingram and Dallas guard and former Indiana Hoosier point guard Yogi Ferrell.