Thunder news: Russell Westbrook is voted NBPA MVP
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook received the Most Valuable Player award by the National Basketball Players Association during the Players’ Voice Awards. These awards are a direct result of voting by the players of the league, as their motto reads: “the only awards voted on BY the players, FOR the players.”
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This award is consistent with the one voted on by a mix of the fans, media members, and players, as a direct result of the balloting, 25-25-50 split agreed by the league this past season.
Westbrook had a season for the ages, averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game — the first triple-double season since legendary Oscar Robertson back in the 1961-62 NBA season.
The All-Star guard also surpassed Robertson with 42 triple-double performances during the season, making this a campaign too worthy not to note with an award.
The Thunder superstar also nabbed 1.6 steals per game and managed insane numbers while only playing 34.6 minutes per game, nearly 10 minutes less than Robertson’s 44.3 during his sophomore season in the league.