After a historic season filled with triple-doubles, Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook was selected the NBA's Most Valuable Award on Monday night at the league's first-ever awards show in NY.
Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award.
Noted Taylor Swift fan and newly awarded MVP Russell Westbrook received high praise from the singer herself following his big win at Monday night's NBA Awards. There were four worldwide players on the first team for the first time in the award's history.
Westbrook carried the Thunder on a nightly basis, setting the new standard by recording 42 triple-doubles, one better than the former single-season mark set by Robertson. So I'm just very, very, thankful and just happy to be here. If the NBA Awards can keep this pace up, it may become a mainstay as far as sports awards shows and could eventually compete with the National Football League for the top. He also recorded the NBA's first 50-point triple-double in the playoffs with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in Game 3.
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With Westbrook's award on Monday evening, UCLA has become the first school in the nation to have produced three players who won the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon won the Rookie of the Year award.
The year's MVP race has been reported as the closest and most exciting since the famous 1989-90 season, where superstars such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley were in the running to win the award.
Golden State forward Draymond Green was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, defeating co-finalists Leonard and French center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. He had kind words for Oklahoma City, his teammates, and his family. He grabbed one first-place vote, four second-place votes, 19 third-place votes, 63 fourth-place votes and 11 fifth-place votes. "This isn't an individual award, it's five guys on the floor everyday".