Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP

Russell Westbrook

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He had an 2016-17 wonderful season with the Oklahoma Thunder, he became a new dad last month and he took home the MVP award at the league's inaugural NBA Awards ceremony.

Westbrook's averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 1.6 steals over 34.6 minutes per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard won by a landslide against James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard.

The win by Westbrook ended two straight seasons in which Stephen Curry was named the MVP.

The pop star made a surprise, pre-taped appearance at the inaugural NBA Awards on Monday, June 26, to congratulate Russell Westbrook on winning the 2017 MVP Award.

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In the inaugural edition, the National Basketball Association also avoided what could end up being an awkward situation in future shows, particularly when it comes to the MVP: a player accepting an award either after being trading (unlikely) or days before sending shockwaves by switching teams in free agency (possible).

The Most Improved Player was Brogdon's teammate Giannis Anteokounmpo.

During a season that was dulled to some extent by the expectation that Golden State would be the champion, Westbrook was the NBA's most interesting and valuable player.

He's the first MVP to come from a team that failed to win 50 games since Hall of Famer Moses Malone garnered the award on the 46-win Houston Rockets in 1982.

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Houston guard Eric Gordon won the sixth man of the year award in his first year as a reserve. "You guys did any and everything to make sure me and my brother [Raynard] had anything we wanted", he told the audience. Westbrook became just the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for a season.

Westbrook garnered 69 of the 100 first place votes from a panel of broadcasters and writers. Gobert got 97 and Leonard received 93.

The second team guards were Tony Allen of Memphis and Danny Green of the Spurs. This is for all you guys and I am very thankful to have you guys in my corner.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was one of the three finalists for the Coach of the Year award, but he did not take home the honor.

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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.

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