Westbrook beat out fellow finalists Kawhi Leonard and James Harden at the NBA's awards ceremony in New York City. The win marks the UCLA product's first career MVP.
Marc J. Spears of ESPN's Undefeated provided the final voting results:
Westbrook was thrust further into the NBA spotlight during the offseason when former teammate Kevin Durant left the Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. Durant's departure ensured Westbrook would be the face of the only professional franchise he has ever known, and he responded with a season for the ages.
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He led the league in scoring (31.6 points a night) and broke Oscar Robertson's record with 42 triple-doubles in a single season. Westbrook also joined Robertson as the only players in league history to average a triple-double for the campaign thanks to his 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists a night.
Westbrook's ascent up the triple-double record book dominated discussion during the season and served as the backbone for his MVP candidacy:
There have always been concerns about Westbrook's efficiency, but he even provided some answers there by shooting a career-best 34.3 percent from three-point range.
It is a testament to Westbrook's ability that he still led the Thunder to 47 wins and the No. 6 seed in the daunting Western Conference even without Durant. While his playoffs ended much earlier than he hoped with a five-game loss to the Rockets in the first round, the MVP is a regular-season award.
Westbrook was a tour de force of pure individual brilliance and was rewarded in kind as the MVP.