Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Hornets' Walker wins sportsmanship award

Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Hornets' Walker wins sportsmanship award

Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Hornets' Walker wins sportsmanship award

Following weeks of building expectation, the National Basketball Association on Monday night announced that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had earned the MVP award for the 2016-17 season.

Westbrook had a season to remember, becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961 to average a triple-double. In 2012, at the London Olympics, Westbrook averaged 8.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds for the U.S.as the team captured its second straight gold medal.

Mike D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year for leading Houston to 55 wins in his first season with the team.

Gordon beat out Rockets teammate Lou Williams and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the award given to the league's top player off the bench.

Earlier in the awards show, Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks was named the Rookie of the Year.

Dirk Nowitzki won Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year, and Charlotte's Kemba Walker's the NBA Sportsmanship Award as voted by his peers.

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Taylor Swift has been pretty quiet as of late, but the pop star made a point to come out of social media hiding to congratulate Russell Westbrook on his NBA Awards win. The award was presented to Spurs executive Monty Williams for the way he has persevered through the grief of his wife, Ingrid, dying in a auto crash a year ago.

Celtics legend Bill Russell received the first lifetime achievement award, responding with some trash talk and then praise for the big men who honored him. The ability of a player to achieve that record with modern defenses in the National Basketball Association being what they are is impressive, even if you want to argue that many teams allowed Westbrook to operate while concentrating on his lesser teammates.

D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award. Finishing third was San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard with 9 first place votes and an even 500 points. "You make sure I'm on the right track and I'm so appreciative of you because so sacrifice so, so much for me every single day and I can't thank you enough".

The second team guards were Tony Allen of Memphis and Danny Green of the Spurs. "You guys have been riding with me through good games and bad games and have always been lifting me up".

Saric, Brogdon and Embiid were the three finalists for Rookie of the Year award.

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