When Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, Russell Westbrook did not take a time to feel sorry for himself. Instead, he proved to the world just how good he can really be. For the first time in his career, Westbrook has officially been named the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player.
Averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists, Russ became just the second player in NBA History to average a triple-double for a single season. Snagging a total of 42 triple doubles for the season, Westbrook broke the record for most triple-doubles in a season, set by Oscar Robertson 55 years ago.
While putting up those unbelievable numbers, the OKC Point Guard also led his team to surprising success in the wake of KD’s departure. With a record of 47 - 35, Russ led Oklahoma City to the sixth seed in the very competitive Western Conference.
This season, Westbrook had a 22 assists game, a season high 58 point game, and was named an NBA All-Star for the sixth time in his career.
In a season filled with dunks, highlight reel passes, and historical performances, Westbrook showed us all why he is one of the best players in the NBA. He’s done things that nobody else has done in over 50 years, while still making sure his team gets wins in the process. This goes without saying, but it sure has been one hell of a season for the 2017 MVP.