Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who became only the second player in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season, was named the NBA Most Valuable Player on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at the inaugural NBA Awards show. As the awards were being announced during the live telecast on TNT, players and fans around the world took to social media to congratulate the recipients and comment on the first ever National Basketball Association award show.
Westbrook was favoured to win the award before the season tipped off, after former MVP Kevin Durant departed the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.
He received 69 first-place votes and 888 points from a panel of 100 media members and a fan vote to easily beat Houston’s James Harden, who had 22 first-place votes and 753 points. “Obviously I was joking at the time”, Westbrook said. You’re the MVP. I’m so happy for you. “I still enjoy to compete”. 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. Brogdon, the No. 36 pick in last year’s draft, is the first non-first round pick to win the award in the common-draft era since 1966. Anything is possible people, I see a very bright future for him and his teammate Giannis.
The NBA Commissioner Adam silver at the debut awards announced Westbrook MVP last season.
After Russell took the stage, he pointed to the group of five and said he would kick their behinds. Gotta respect it! Shoutout to Mike D’antoni, came back to the game and turned that franchise into a contender.
“We tried some things and we tried to build it, and then it just didn’t work out, and for a lot of reasons, not just one”, said D’Antoni, who resigned in 2012. He scored a career-high 57 against the Orlando Magic and 54 and his first career buzzer-beating game-winner against the Denver Nuggets on the night he recorded his 42nd triple-double. And that’s a fake story, but I wish it were the truth.
Isaiah Thomas and Russell Westbrook both led their teams in scoring as the primary offensive threat on their teams. National Basketball Association also gave 2 honorary team awards and 7 online fan poll awards.