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Russell Westbrook is the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player

01 July 2017

Now that Russell Westbrook is officially the 2016-17 NBA MVP following his historic season that included him breaking Oscar Robertson's triple-double record, Mountain Dew has found a fitting way to honor him.

As the most deserving nominee, Gordon was the one to take home the award for the NBA's best sixth man.

Westbrook and Durant helped the Thunder reach the 2012 NBA Finals, where they lost to the LeBron James-led Miami Heat, and the 2015 NBA Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the Warriors.

During a brief feature with James Harden who would eventually lose the MVP award to the triple-double machine Russell Westbrook, Drake somehow stumped Harden with the simple question: Who was his favorite NBA MVP of all-time.

What made this year's race all the more intriguing was that compelling and strong cases could be made for both Harden and Leonard, even despite Westbrook's numbers.

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The first recipient of the award was Monty Williams, former National Basketball Association player and coach, whose wife died a year ago in an automobile accident. Leonard was the two-way force he's come to be known as, and scored a career-high 25.5 points per game.

With Westbrook on the floor, the Thunder outscored opponents by 3.3 points per 100 possessions.

He finished the game with a stat line of 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. But he could turn it down in hopes of winning a championship with some new team. That victor was none other than Westbrook who claimed the MVP honors for the first time in his professional career.

Westbrook also won awards for best style and from fans for the game victor of the year. "The Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks picked up the Most Improved Player Award.

German star Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas was named Teammate of the Year in voting by players, the 39-year-old forward expected to be back with the Mavericks next season. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics claimed the NBA Cares Community Assist Award while the legendary Bill Russell claimed the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Russell Westbrook is the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player