Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards

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Russell Westbrook is one of the most important members of the Jordan Brand family, so it's no surprise His Airness himself reached out to the Oklahoma City Thunder star after Westbrook was named NBA MVP on Monday night. Westbrook joined Robertson as the only two players to average a triple-double in a single season.

"It was an fantastic season for me but without these guys none of it would have been possible".

"So this award is not for me. It's for all of us".

"I want to give a special thanks to all the fans in Oklahoma City".

"I'm very thankful to have you guys in my corner, you guys are my brothers".

Westbrook also won awards for best style and from fans for the game victor of the year.

Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award. I can't do this all by myself, so I appreciate them. "You can always achieve your dreams if you have faith and you sacrifice".

Both players received all 100 first-team votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

The award caps an unbelievable individual season for Westbrook, and his accolades extend far beyond the triple-doubles. "There are five guys out there on the floor at a time. I can't do this all by myself so I appreciate them". He averaged 16.2 points to help fuel the Rockets' run to the surprising No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and edged former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala of Golden State by 32 points.

Former Virginia standout Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks became the first player picked outside the first round of the National Basketball Association draft to win the league's rookie of the year award since the common draft era began in 1966. While this won't be the last ad we see featuring the new MVP, this is the first one to say, "Why not 0?" "I would like to thank my teammates and my coaches for making my job easy this year".

The second place finish is Harden's second in three years.

D'Antoni, who also won the award while coaching Phoenix, followed Rockets guard Eric Gordon's win for Sixth Man of the Year. "You do not win this alone".

Leonard, though, was the best defensive player on any reasonable ballot and it wasn't particularly close. "I still enjoy to compete".

Now, who can tell me more about #TS6?

Former Oklahoma City Thunder MVP victor Kevin Durant famously proclaimed his mother, Wanda Pratt, was the real MVP behind his award-winning campaign in the 2013-14 season.

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