Westbrook caps historic season with MVP award

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook ended his season by becoming the Most Valuabe Player of the 2016-17 campaign on Monday with maximum votes as the National Basketball Association announced awards during their inaugural show.

Westbrook defeated fellow finalists James Harden of Houston and Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio to claim the season MVP award for the first time in ceremonies at NY.

During the 2016-17 season, Westbrook established a new National Basketball Association record with 42 triple-doubles (Oklahoma City went 33-9 in those games) as he helped lead the Thunder to a spot in the Western Conference Playoffs.

D'Antoni, who also won the award while coaching the Phoenix Suns, joined Rockets guard Eric Gordon, who claimed the Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Green, who finished fourth in real plus-minus, averaged 10.2 points and 7.9 rebounds.

The 28-year-old American became only the second player in history to average a triple-double for an entire season.

"We tried some things and we tried to build it, and then it just didn't work out, and for a lot of reasons, not just one", said D'Antoni, who resigned in 2012.

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Last season was the first year Gordon played more than 70 games since he was a rookie in 2009. I was very upset, and you said... There were four worldwide players on the first team for the first time in the award's history.

The N.B.A. finals' M.V.P. Award is named for Russell, who was one of the most dominant defensive players in league history.

Philadelphia's Dario Saric and Brogdon were unanimously selected to the All-Rookie first team.

Harden's abundance of second-place votes made it the closest race in a decade. That pushed him over impressive numbers by Houston Rockets star Harden, who was incredible as he moved to play the point guard position full-time for NBA Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni.

What drove Westbrook's MVP candidacy over the top was his stunning ability in clutch time (last five minutes of a game within a margin of five points).

Almost a week after first meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, Billups has not yet decided whether to join Cleveland's front office, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday.

Billups met twice last week with Gilbert, who is also looking for a new general manager after parting ways with David Griffin. The person says there's no timetable on a decision. However, another consideration is that the team could look towards signing another free agent this summer to help out Westbrook on the struggling roster.

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