Russell Westbrook is Your MVP and No One is More Deserving By: Peter Snyder

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Last night at the First Annual NBA Awards, hosted by TNT, Russell Westbrook was named the 2016-2017 league MVP. This came as little surprise to spectators, as the numbers Russ put up this year were mind-blowing. The superstar out of UCLA averaged 31.6 points on the season, 10.7 rebounds along with 10.4 assists. If you put the math together or just simply look at the numbers, you can see he averaged a triple double this season. To put in comparison of how hard that actually is to do, the same feat has not been accomplished since Oscar Robertson did so in the 1961-1962 NBA season.  Robertson is considered to be one of the greatest point guards of all time, so even to be put in the same sentence as him should be an honor for Russ. Many would make the argument that James Harden was a little more deserving of the award just because of how superior his team was to Wetsbrook’s. This may be true but without Westbrook, the Thunder are lucky to win 25 games this year and sure as hell would not be a playoff team. The phrase most valuable by definition, is one who is the most important to his or her team or organization. By that sense of the word, Russ definitely deserved the hardware and what he did this season will go down as one of the most dominant and impressive seasons in NBA history.

 

 

 

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