Russell Westbrook Wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks Take 2 Awards

Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook poses for photos with his 2017 NBA most valuable player award during the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36. NBA player Draymond Green, of the Golden State Warriors, arrives at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday, June 26, 2017, in NY.

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.

Westbrook defeated fellow finalists James Harden of Houston and Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio to claim the season MVP award for the first time in ceremonies at NY.

After Westbrook was presented with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, he promptly called his team mates to the stage.

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Other awards included Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks who took home the Rookie of the Year; Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo was named Most Improved Player and Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets won the Sixth Man Award.

Houston's Mike D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year over San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Miami's Erik Spoelstra.

"This isn't an individual award", Green said. "Great organization", D'Antoni said of the Rockets' 55-win season.

While leading the league in scoring for the second time in three seasons, Westbrook topped the National Basketball Association in games with at least 20 points (72), 30 points (44), 40 points (18) and 50 points (four).

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Green was rewarded for his do-everything role with the National Basketball Association champs.

As his speech continued, Westbrook also thanked the media, a select group of voters responsible for him winning the award.

The former Bruin had an incredible season with the Oklahoma City Thunder as he ended his season averaging a triple double with 31.6 points per game, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He was given a colorful jacket like the ones worn by Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports reporter who died of cancer this past season.

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