Russell Westbrook's incredible NBA season finished in the most deserving fashion - by winning the 2016/17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
Westbrook won the MVP by putting together a truly historical season, becoming the first player since the great Oscar Robertson in 1962 to average double figures in points, rebounds and assists. He also broke Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. "I remember the first time you beat me at basketball. Every single day. And I can't thank you enough". "Special to me. You make me go".
"It was an unbelievable season for me but without these guys none of it would have been possible". Perkins said Durant texted that he had a "nice conversation" with Westbrook, a stark cry from three months earlier, when neither player was interested in talking about their relationship during All-Star Weekend. James might not get the award if another player has similar numbers since he's already won it four times, but there's no telling what No.23 can do after he had the best postseason of his life at 32 years old. I'm just so happy for him and his family, as well.
Cameroon center Joel Embiid and Croatia's Dario Saric, both with Philadelphia, were losing finalists for the top newcomer award.
Jordan bagged his first of five MVP awards in 1988 before winning the first of six National Basketball Association titles with the Chicago Bulls three years later.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year, while Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award for his work off the bench as a substitute.
San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard finished third in this year's MVP voting, receiving nine first-place votes and tallying 500 total points.