Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been named the KIA 2017 regular season Most Valuable Player.
It had been a two-headed race between Westbrook and James Harden of the Houston Rockets all-season long. Westbrook’s history-breaking season however shone through in the end.
The superstar point-guard recorded 42 triple-doubles over the course of the season, breaking Oscar Robertson’s record set way back in the ’60s.
“I remember growing up just being home, playing the video games and stuff with my Pops, and my mom sitting there and my brother and just talking about maybe one day I could be the MVP,” said Westbrook. “Obviously I was joking at the time. But now to be standing here with this trophy next to me is a true blessing, man, and it’s an unbelievable feeling, something that I can never imagine. So I’m just very, very thankful.”
He ended the season averaging a triple-double as well, with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. The only player to ever do so was also Oscar Robertson in 1961-62.
Milwaukee Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon was named the KIA Rookie of the Year, an inspiring rise for a player who was drafted in the second round.
“I want to say, this is a testament to guys that are underestimated,” Brogdon said, “guys that are second-round picks, guys that are undrafted every year that get looked over regardless of the work they put in, regardless of what they do. You can always achieve your dreams if you have faith.”