The Thunder went 33-9 when he had a triple-double, riding Westbrook’s record run into the playoffs in their first season after losing Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors.
Draymond Green became the first Golden State Warriors player to snag the Defensive Player of the Year honor.
Players around the league greeted Westbrook on social media.
He also became the first player since Moses Malone in 1981 to win the award on a team that fell short of 50 wins.
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon walked away with the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
The 28-year-old slasher Westbrook bested fellow finalists James Harden of Houston and Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio to claim the season MVP award for the first time. The point guard who plays with defiance on the court got choked up during an acceptance speech in which he brought some teammates onto the stage with him.
Mike D’Antoni collected his second Coach of the Year award for steering Houston to a semifinal finish in the postseason.
“This is not an individual award“.
Russell Westbrook told himself he wasn’t going to cry.
Former UCLA guard Russell Westbrook earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for the first time in his career, as announced Monday at the year-end NBA Awards Show in NY. Sager, a TV basketball reporter, died of leukemia a year ago.
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker won the NBA’s annual sportsmanship award in Walker’s native New York City.
Billups is weighing several factors and remains unsure if he wants to lead the Cavaliers’ basketball operations, according to the person who spoke to the AP.
A five-time All-Star, Billups, who has no executive experience, would have to uproot his family in Denver to take the job.