Russell Westbrook named NBA Most Valuable Player after averaging triple-double

  • Russell Westbrook named NBA Most Valuable Player after averaging triple-double

Russell Westbrook named NBA Most Valuable Player after averaging triple-double

The Oklahoma City Thunder guard averaged a triple-double over a full National Basketball Association regular season and, given the huge workload that Westbrook carried on a nightly basis, it makes all the sense in the world that he would be the MVP.

It wasn't even close with Westbrook tallying a total of 69 first-place votes, well ahead of James Harden who finished in second place on the voting and had 22 first place votes of his own.

Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season to average a triple-double for an entire season.

Former Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams was given the SagerStrong Award for the strength he showed after his wife was killed in a auto crash in Oklahoma City. "You guys have been riding with me through good games and bad games and have always been lifting me up". "You guys are my brothers for life", Westbrook told his teammates who stood behind him on the stage as he made his acceptance speech. Obviously I was joking at the time.

Golden State's Draymond Green won the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Leonard's two-year run. You've blessed me with a lovely son that I'm so thankful for.

Among the night's other awards in New York, Golden State forward Draymond Green, two weeks removed from winning his second National Basketball Association title in three years, was named the best defensive player. I can only imagine a tweet is coming, just as soon as he's done celebrating his MVP win. He became the first National Basketball Association player named ROY not to be drafted in the first round, since the start of the common draft era in 1966.

"This is the ultimate team award", D'Antoni said. The Golden State standout ended a two-year run by the Spur's Leonard.

The NBA formerly gave out its individual awards at various points throughout the postseason before switching to the awards show this season and presenting them all at once in front of the league's top players and stars from the entertainment world. "You make sure I'm on the right track and I'm so appreciative of you because to sacrifice so, so much for me every single day ..."