Russell Westbrook's 'MVP' Air Jordan 31

Carla Harmon
June 28, 2017

Westbrook, who became the 10th guard to win the award, garnered a total of 888 points after receiving 69 first-place votes compared to just 22 for James Harden of the Houston Rockets and nine for Leonard. Westbrook got emotional as he thanked his family, who were in attendance. "You guys have been riding with me from day one", Westbrook said during his acceptance speech.

Swift jokingly reminisced on the first time Westbrook ever beat her, taking credit for everything he knows about basketball.

The #Oklahoma City Thunder are set to reward #Russell Westbrook's historic season with a massive five-year extension worth more than $200 million.

As the awards were being announced during the live telecast on TNT, players and fans around the world took to social media to congratulate the recipients and comment on the first ever National Basketball Association award show.

Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, becoming the first player since Robertson to average a triple double for a season.

"As a wife in this league, to be able to have sacrificed some of the things you've sacrificed and everything that you do, I can't put it in words and describe how thankful I am to have you in my life", Westbrook said.

"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". "I remember growing up, just being [at] home, playing the video games and stuff with my pops [father]". He choked back tears as he told his parents, "I can't thank you enough".

Often these days, he spends the wee hours with a wee Westbrook, his 6-week-old son, savoring the season gone by. Discounted by many after former MVP Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors this summer, Westbrook pushed the Thunder into the postseason, finishing sixth in the tougher Western Conference with 47 wins.

Green earlier Monday led the media balloting for the NBA's All-Defensive team, racking up 198 of a possible 200 points. To honor Russell for his stellar play all year long, last night Jordan Brand released a Player Exclusive shoe in limited quantities, paying homage to the newest MVP receiver.

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