West­brook the king of

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RUSSELL West­brook proved an ob­vi­ous choice as the NBA’s Most Valu­able Player for the 2016/17 sea­son, re­ceiv­ing his prize at the in­au­gu­ral NBA Awards gala din­ner held in New York Mon­day night.

The 28-yearold point guard from the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der, was al­ways likely to be a run­away win­ner after a sea­son in which he be­came the first man in over 50 years to aver­age a triple dou­ble in a sea­son.

West­brook was a one man show at times for the Thun­der, in­spir­ing them to­wards the play-offs where they even­tu­ally bowed out to James Har­den and the Hous­ton Rock­ets – Har­den was also short­listed for the MVP award.

Also hon­oured were Mal­colm Brog­don, named rookie of the year, the ‘Greek Freak’ Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo, the most im­proved player, and a natty at­tired Dray­mond Green, who was named de­fen­sive player of the year.

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