Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards

  • Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards

Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards

After becoming the second player in league history to average a triple-double over the course of an entire regular season, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder was named the NBA's 2016-2017 Most Valuable Player on Monday night.

He joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only two players to average double figures in scoring, rebounding and assists for the season.

The trophy explains - in a song collaboration between Jordan Brand and rapper Phonte - that Westbrook's triple-double streak, his net rating and his clutch stats were all numbers that catapulted him past the likes of other MVP finalists James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. She goes on to recall the first time that the athlete beat her at basketball, saying, "I was very upset, and you said - if you remember correctly - you said, 'You just have to shake it off.' And I got an idea".

Westbrook succeeded Stephen Curry, who had won the past two MVP awards.

Former Virginia standout Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks became the first player picked outside the first round of the National Basketball Association draft to win the league's rookie of the year award since the common draft era began in 1966.

Brogdon was a second-round pick out of Virginia who led all rookies with 4.2 assists and 1.12 steals per game in helping the Bucks reach the playoffs.

In his eighth National Basketball Association season, Harden averaged a career-high in points (29.1), rebounds (8.1), and assists (11.2) per game.

D'Antoni, who also won the award while coaching Phoenix, followed Rockets guard Eric Gordon's win for Sixth Man of the Year. "You guys sacrificed everything you done in your whole life".

Leonard, the Spurs star who was injured in the Western Conference finals against the Warriors, missed out on the Defensive Player of the Year Award.