How Social Media Reacted To Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook Winning 2017 NBA MVP Award


In the end, the voters couldn’t ignore him.

After averaging a record breaking triple double, Russell Westbrook put up an irresistible case to be named the 2016-17 NBA MVP and he was duly recognised for his standout season.

The 28-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder star was everyone’s favourite to take out the award, and it was no surprise to anyone the Thunder guard took home the coveted award.

Westbrook edged out fellow finalists Kawhi Leonard and James Harden to win the award for the first time his career, ending Warriors guard Steph Curry's reign as the two-times defending NBA MVP.

In a remarkable season, Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds to become just the second player in NBA history to average a triple double.

The last player to achieve the feat was Oscar Robertson back in 1961-62.

While Leonard and Harden had legitimate claims for the award, no-one could deny Westbrook’s MVP credentials.

He scored, he assisted and he rebounded at both ends of the floor in a near-flawless all round display.

In the minds of many, he had a grasp on the trophy right from the outset.

The Thunder star also stole the limelight on the red carpet, winning the fans’ vote for the NBA’s best style award.

After leading the Thunder to the Western Conference Playoffs, it was a fitting reward for the enigmatic Thunder guard.

In other awards, Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni received the Coach of the Year award, Malcolm Brodgon won the Rookie of the Year award and Draymond Green clinched the Defensive Player of the Year award.

With a thunderous dunk against the Hawks, Thunder star Victor Oladipo slammed home the dunk of the year award.

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