Russell Westbrook became just the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double and that alone should merit him an MVP.
Westbrook wins the award over James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James, who was not nominated. All three were very deserving but only one is able to win it. At the end of the day, voters couldn’t help but be swayed by Westbrook’s triple double numbers.
His raw production might not have been as efficient as Harden’s, but what he did on a basketball court was truly impressive. The OKC superstar averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists while leading the league in scoring.
Furthering Westbrook’s case was that he clearly carried the Thunder on a nightly basis. Oklahoma City just wasn’t the same team when he left the floor and that may have been what sealed the deal for many voters. This is the Most “Valuable” Player award and carrying that roster to the playoffs is obvious value.
There will be arguments against Westbrook’s MVP, but his season is going to be remembered as one of the most incredible years in NBA history. He was a man on the mission from the beginning of the season and the award is well deserved.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook
Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green
Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon
Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon
Executive of the Year: Bob Myers
Sager Strong Award: Monty Williams
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Russell
Best Style: Russell Westbrook
Assists of the Year: Stephen Curry/Draymond Green
Block of the Year: Kawhi Leonard
Dunk of the Year: Victor Oladipo
Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker
Game-Winner of the Year: Russell Westbrook
Performance of the Year: Klay Thompson
Playoff Moment: Kevin Durant