OKC’s Russell Westbrook named as NBA MVP at first NBA Awards

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook was awarded as the NBA Most Valuable Player at the inaugural NBA Awards show on Monday.

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The 28-year-old OKC guard is the second player in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season, next to the Cincinnati Royals’ (now Sacramento Kings) Oscar Robertson in 1962.

Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.

Westbrook edged out Houston Rockets’ James Harden and San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard for the season MVP in the first-ever awards show.

Westbrook invited his teammates onstage to accept the award and said in his speech:

“To everybody in Oklahoma City who helped me go out every night and compete at a high level, I thank you for that. It was an amazing season for me but without these guys none of it would have been possible. This award is not for me. It’s for all of us.”

Westbrook also thanked his wife and parents, as well as “all my fans all across the world who appreciate me”.

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