MVP ~ Russell Westbrook
After the departure of Durant, Russell Westbrook stepped up into the leadership role that Oklahoma City badly needed. In the process, he performed like a man possessed; he ended the season averaging a triple-double, becoming the first man since 1962 to do so. He was named the MVP of the 2016-2017 NBA season.
“Westbrook led the league in scoring (31.6), was third in assists (10.4) and was 10th in rebounds (10.7) per game. He ranked first in PER at 30.7, fifth in win shares and ninth in real plus-minus. Westbrook normalized the 30-10-10 line during the season, but even with the remarkable consistency, he had a number of monstrous games, among them three 50-point triple-doubles, including a career-high 57 against the Orlando Magic, and 54, plus his first career buzzer-beating game winner, against the Denver Nuggets on the night he notched his 42nd triple-double.
With Westbrook on the floor this season, the Thunder outscored opponents by 3.3 points per 100 possessions. When Westbrook sat, the Thunder were outscored by 8.9 per 100 possessions, a mark that would’ve given them the worst scoring margin of any team in the league, by almost two points.”
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