During the 2017 NBA Awards, several Oklahoma City players were recognized for their talents. That decision worked out quite well for Durant, but as you can see, it worked out pretty well for Westbrook, too. While basketball purists might rightly point out that Westbrook's contribution to his team was still centered around himself, the debate will have to rage on with the trophy now firmly in the Thunder star's grasp.
Jordan, the National Basketball Association legend, won his first of five MVP awards in 1988, and went on to win his first title three years later in 1991.
Don't panic, Warriors fans.
"Great congrats to that boy, Russell Westbrook on MVP was a created player on 2k all year and went out there, F-in balled out", Kevin Durant further added. Chris Paul is now a Rocket, Paul George is yet to be a non-Pacer and Golden State is still Golden State.
"Congrats to all the winners lastnight!" Especially as a second round pick! After he took the stage, Russell pointed at each of the five big men on the stage - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo - and said, "I would kick your (expletive)". Actually, we've never met. "So thank you guys".
Russell Westbrook pours his heart out during an emotional speech after being honored as the 2017 NBA MVP. Gotta respect it! Shoutout to Mike D'antoni, came back to the game and turned that franchise into a contender. James Harden almost averaged a triple-double as well and put his Rockets into the upper echelon of the Western Conference. For as much criticism he has caught about his role in Durant leaving, he has more than held his own on the court this past year. I know this first hand, recognize what he has done for the game! Eric Gordon bested his teammate Lou Williams as well as Andre Iguodala of the Warriors.
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.
In the playoffs, he registered 28.1 points, 6.7 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while shooting over 48 percent from the field and just under 42 percent from distance.