Durant, Jordan congratulate Westbrook on MVP award

Russell Westbrook did what many thought was impossible in the 2016-17 NBA season and was rewarded Monday night with the league MVP award at the NBA Awards in New York City.

Westbrook took the honor at the NBA Awards show Monday in NY, defeating fellow finalists Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio and James Harden of Houston in the voting. However, they spent most of this past basketball season being framed as enemies after Durant left OKC to play for the Golden State Warriors and allegedly left unceremoniously. And the veteran point guard did not disappoint, averaging an astonishing 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds. He had a franchise-record 10 steals in a February 10 game at Memphis while recording the first triple-double in National Basketball Association history without scoring in double figures, adding 11 rebounds and 10 assists. "I was the one who taught you to dribble, to shoot hoops, you know, and I remember the first time you beat me at basketball and I was very upset, and. if you remember correctly, you said, 'You just have to shake it off, ' and I got an idea".

"My attractive wife. Since day one, meeting you, 2007 back at UCLA, I knew you were special", he said.

KD also had some love for his other former teammate, James Harden, who came in second in the MVP voting.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni won his second Coach of the Year gong.

Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks won the Most Improved Player award, beating out Gobert and Serbian forward Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets.

-Houston guard Eric Gordon has won the Sixth Man of the Year award in his first year as a reserve. "There are five guys on the floor every time".

The NBA formerly gave out its individual awards at various points throughout the postseason before switching to the awards show this season and presenting them all at once in front of the league's top players and stars from the entertainment world.

  • Kyle Peterson