Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Westbrook set to learn if his historic season was an MVP one


NBA player James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, arrives at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday, June 26, 2017, in NY.

In the second game of the season, he had 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over Phoenix, the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1975.

Speaking of triple-doubles, Westbrook now holds the National Basketball Association record for most triple-doubles in one season (42) and most points ever in a triple double (57). "I get asked that question every year".

The NBA Finals MVP award is named for Russell, who was one of the most dominant defensive players in NBA history.

Draymond Green is the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Kawhi Leonard's two-year reign.

D'Antoni, who also won the award while coaching Phoenix, followed Rockets guard Eric Gordon's win for Sixth Man of the Year.

In fact, I'm wondering how numerous "finalists" might just take a pass on the whole thing, preferring to do whatever it is they're doing to relax instead of sitting in the audience waiting for their name not to be called and faking enthusiasm for the winners.

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And he brought up his plans for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "We're 5-0 in special elections", Trump told the crowd. Trump began the speech by touting Karen Handel's victory in a special election in a House district in Georgia.

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.

After a couple of bad stops with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, Coach D'Antoni made the most out of the talent he had on his Rockets team last season.

Harden was the runner-up after averaging 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds. D'Antoni's notorious "7 Seconds or Less" offense transformed the Rockets into a legitimate threat in the Western Conference. Given that Johnson is one of the greatest ever to play the position, the sting might have really hurt Russell.

Brogdon was the No. 36 overall selection out of Virginia.

While leading the league in scoring for the second time in three seasons, Westbrook topped the National Basketball Association in games with at least 20 points (72), 30 points (44), 40 points (18) and 50 points (four). Green strolled to the stage in a teal tuxedo suit jacket, a bow tie, shorts and skull-head slippers without socks, an outfit that created quite the social media buzz. In perhaps his best performance, he had 53 points, 16 rebounds and 17 assists against the New York Knicks on New Year's Eve.

The NBA is also adding fan favorite awards such as Best Style and Dunk of the Year. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was the other finalist.

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