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NBA's Best: Westbrook named league's Most Valuable Player

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beating three-point shot to win the game against the Denver Nuggets following a basketball game Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. Oklahoma City beat Denver 106-105. Westbrook also broke the NBA record for triple doubles with 42. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook received the final piece to what was already a season for the ages: the 2016-2017 NBA MVP award.

"First and foremost, thank you to the man above," Westbrook said. "I wouldn't be standing here today, so thank him. I'm very very blessed to be in the position I am today."

The 28-year-old point guard was announced as the league's MVP during the inaugural NBA Awards show, Monday night in New York City.

While thanking the organization, Westbrook invited his teammates in attendance onto the stage with him.

"These guys are my brothers man," he said. "These guys sacrifice so much for me throughout the year. It was obviously an amazing season for me, but without these guys, none of this would be possible."

Westbrook made history this past season by becoming the second player to ever average a triple-double across an entire season. He also set the record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42.

Russell, who is known for displaying his emotion on the court, became especially emotional when thanking his family.

"My parents, man. You guys did any and everything to make sure me and my brother had anything we wanted. I told myself I wasn't going to cry, but I can't say thank you enough."

He gave a special nod to his younger brother, Raynard Westbrook.

"To my little brother, my road dog, you mean so much to me man. You're my role model, you're my role model."

He showed gratitude for his wife, Nina.

"You've blessed me with a beautiful son that I'm so thankful for. You continue to make me go. Every time I see your face, regardless of a good or bad game, every time I see your face, your smile, it does nothing but brighten me up. I just want to say I love you for everything you've done for me thus far."

Westbrook is the second Oklahoma City player to win the award, after Kevin Durant accomplished the feat in 2014. Only twice in history has a franchise had multiple MVPs in a 4-season span.

Russell was one of three finalists for the NBA MVP, beating out Houston's James Harden and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard. He finished with 69 first place, 19 second place and 13 third place votes.

The Thunder point guard also won two additional awards; the fan vote for "Best Style" as well as the NBA award for "Game winner of the Year."




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