NEW YORK – Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA.
Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night at the NBA's inaugural awards show. He set a record with 42 triple-doubles during his historic season and led the league with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, joining Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season and breaking Robertson's single-season record of 41 triple-doubles.
He received 69 first-place votes and 888 points to easily beat Houston's James Harden, who had 22 first-place votes.
"I remember growing up just being home, playing the video games and stuff with my pops, and my mom sitting there and my brother and just talking about maybe one day I could be the MVP. Obviously I was joking at the time," Westbrook said.
"But now to be standing here with this trophy next to me is a true blessing, man."
The show featured two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks.
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. Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player Award.
Brogdon was the No. 36 overall selection out of Virginia.
The Rockets' Mike D'Antoni won his second Coach of the Year award, and the Rockets' Eric Gordon was Sixth Man of the Year in his first season as a reserve. Golden State's Draymond Green won the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Kawhi Leonard's two-year run.