After a season in which he became the first player in 55 years (since Oscar Robertson) to average a triple-double — not to mention the first player to post 42 triple-doubles in a campaign — Russell Westbrook was voted 2016-17 NBA MVP. Watch NBA Commissioner Adam Silver present the award to Westbrook, then watch Russ’s emotional speech to the New York City crowd at the first-ever NBA Awards Show.
Surrounded by his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates, Westbrook thanked his team, his coaches and all those who’ve affected him…but most of all his family. Having to pause for an emotional break, and as his mother and father wiped away tears, Westbrook showed his appreciation in an emotional tribute to the people whose sacrifice made his MVP moment possible.
Not only did the MVP average a triple-double in 2016-17, he also led the NBA in clutch scoring, including four game-winners in the final 10 seconds of regulation or overtime.