It’s been nearly three months since Russell Westbrook broke the record for most triple-doubles in a season and much speculation that he would be awarded NBA’s most valuable player for that reason alone. Indeed he did just that Monday night at the NBA award’s ceremony.

Westbrook has been a contributing factor to the Oklahoma City Thunder for years now but he’s always had his superstar teammate (well ex-teammate), Kevin Durant to help carry the team.  After Durant’s departure, there had been some concern of OKC’s ability to compete.

The Thunder finished the regular season with a 47-35 record and entered the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Western Conference Division. Westbrook led the league in scoring 31.6 points a game while averaging 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists a night.

If there were any questions rather Westbrook would rise to the occasion, his 42 triple-doubles for the season was a great response. The driven point guard was already a hot topic amongst the other finalists Kawhi Leonard and James Harden for MVP. His record-breaking performance helped seal the deal.

Westbrook received 69 of the first place votes, Harden 22, and Leonard 9. The win marks the UCLA product’s first career MVP. (Westbrook played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins before entering the NBA draft.)

It is safe to say that Westbrook was favored to win MVP after his stellar performance for the season. His skills are undeniable.He also received awards for the Game Winner of the Year and Best Style.

Westbrook has received major love from his colleagues and fans to congratulate him. Michael Jordan congratulated the star with words of encouragement via letter.

“Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F—in balled out,” former teammate Kevin Durant stated,”Gotta respect it!”



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