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 at the inaugural NBA Awards show.
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 New York.
[inlinescript1]The 28-year-old guard who helped the Americans win 2012 London Olympic gold averaged a league-high 31.6 points plus 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists a game, matching Oscar Robertson from 1962 with double digits in three statistical categories for a full season. "To everybody in Oklahoma City who helped me go out every night and compete at a high level, I thank you for that," said Westbrook, who invited teammates on stage with him. "It was an amazing season for me but without these guys none of it would have been possible. This award is not for me. It's for all of us." Westbrook thanked "all my fans all across the world who appreciate me" and cried as he thanked his wife and parents.
"This is the ultimate team award," D'Antoni said. "You do not win this alone." German star Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas was named Teammate of the Year in voting by players, the 39-year-old forward expected to be back with the Mavericks next season. "My teammates are there to support me and push me and motivate me," said Nowitzki. "I still enjoy to compete. Hopefully, I'll be around a couple more years." Other fan-voted awards went to Leonard for block of the year, Golden State's Klay Thompson for performance of the year in a 60-point effort, Golden State's Kevin Durant for best playoff moment for a 3-pointer in game three of the NBA Finals, Golden State's Stephen Curry and Green for assist of the year and Oklahoma City's Victor Oladipo for dunk of the year.
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni wins Coach of the Year— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 27, 2017
D’Antoni was previously Coach of the Year in 2004-05 with Suns
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