National Basketball Association awards announced: Russell Westbrook wins the MVP award

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Taylor Swift came out of the woods last night to congratulate NBA player Russell Westbrook on being named the Most Valuable Player at Monday's NBA Awards-and basically pretended he was a squad member in a cute, joke-filled video message.

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. He led the league in steals and, on February 10, had the league's first triple-double that did not include points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists.

Russell Westbrook won the NBA's MVP award after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season.

"I can't say thank you enough, you guys sacrificed everything you've done in your life".

The most progressive player of the season voted forward "Milwaukee" Giannis antetokounmpo, who average per game, gave 22.9 points, 8,8 rebounds and 5.4 assists that helped his team get into the playoffs.

"I never thought I'd be in NY and have to thank the sportswriters for the Coach of the Year", D'Antoni said, later praising the Knicks and the city.

Earlier, Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon became the first player not picked in the first round to win NBA Rookie of the Year in the common draft era, beating out Philadelphia's Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. "With KD and Klay not making the All-Defensive team, I appreciated everything they do".

Houston's Mike D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award, his second.

Westbrook's teammate Victor Oladipo won the fan's choice award for Dunk of the Year.

"This is not an individual award".

Elsewhere, Rockets boss Mike D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year while the National Basketball Association champions, Golden State Warriors, took home five awards, including the Defensive Player of the Year in Draymond Green. "In our case, my children and I couldn't have made it through the tough times without the grace of God and the wonderful support we received from family and friends".

Myers, who played for the Bruins from 1994-97, has been general manager for the Golden State Warriors since April 2012. Hall of Famer Bill Russell was given the NBA's first lifetime achievement award, which was presented to him by five fellow Hall of Fame centers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Alonzo Mouring, Dikembe Mutombo and Shaquille O'Neal.

Russell Westbrook's incredible NBA season finished in the most deserving fashion - by winning the 2016/17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

Gordon beat out Rockets teammate Lou Williams and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the award given to the league's top player off the bench.

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

People reports that Westbrook is actually a longtime fan of Swift's.

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