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NBA honors to be presented during league's first awards show

Stacy Diaz | 28 June, 2017, 03:40

He helped the Oklahoma City Thunder post a 47-35 regular-season record as the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been voted National Basketball Association most valuable player for the 2016/17 season after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles.

Westbrook, who became only the second player and first in 55 years to average a triple-double for an entire season, won the award over Houston Rockets guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

Westbrook earned his first league MVP honors this year after a historic season, in which he averaged a triple-double, becoming the second player in National Basketball Association history to do so, after Oscar Robertson in 1962.

During his speech, Westbrook brought a number of teammates on stage with him, the ones that were in attendance, but Oklahoma City's success this past season was largely attributed to Westbrook.

"It was obviously an fantastic season for me but without these guys and the rest of our guys that are not here, none of this would be possible", Westbrook said.

"So many great Hall of Famers have gotten this award, so I'm just humbled to able to be a part of some of those guys". "It's for all of us".

"I told myself I wasn't going to cry", Westbrook said when looking at his parents.

Westbrook's teammate Victor Oladipo won the fan's choice award for Dunk of the Year.

Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks is the NBA's Rookie of the Year.

"They believe in me", he said. You guys sacrificed everything.

Both players received all 100 first-team votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. "To be added to the list is special", said Green, the most versatile defender of the lot.

"Obviously I'm just proud of the team and the way they responded all year".

In fact, the two of them haven't really been on speaking terms since Durant abandoned Westbrook last offseason en route to winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors. While this won't be the last ad we see featuring the new MVP, this is the first one to say, "Why not 0?" Lifting me up. I'm so thankful to the fans there. James might not get the award if another player has similar numbers since he's already won it four times, but there's no telling what No.23 can do after he had the best postseason of his life at 32 years old. "You do not win this alone".

And he was very happy about being the first player in Warriors history to win it. "I still enjoy to compete".