Russell Westbrook named NBA MVP after historic season with Oklahoma City Thunder

June 26 (Reuters) - Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook put the finishing touch on a magical season by being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016-17 campaign on Monday at the NBA's inaugural awards show.

Westbrook, who became only the second player and first in 55 years to average a triple-double for an entire season, won the award over Houston Rockets guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

Westbrook averaged a mind-boggling 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds over 81 games, making him the first player to average double-digits in three major categories since Oscar Robertson first did it in 1961-62.

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25. Rasheed Wallace -- $158,110,581

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 4
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo By Kent Horner/NBAE via Getty Images)

24. Chris Paul -- $158,226,325

Seasons: 12
Highest single-season salary: $22.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 9
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

23. Tyson Chandler -- $158,586,645

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $14.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 1
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

22. Vince Carter -- $159,087,631

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $18.3 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

21. Amar'e Stoudemire -- $161,628,892

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.4 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

20. Tracy McGrady -- $162,978,278

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

19. Elton Brand -- $164,901,096

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

18. Jermaine O'Neal -- $168,794,021

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $23 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

17. Zach Randolph -- $172,597,245

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $17.8 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

16. Dwyane Wade -- $176,115,934

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 12
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

15. Chris Webber -- $178,230,697

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $19.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 5
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

14. Pau Gasol -- $182,999,615

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $19.3 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

13. Ray Allen -- $184,356,410

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $18.8 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

12. Dwight Howard -- $186,735,761

Seasons: 13
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

11. Chris Bosh -- $186,936,512

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.7 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 11
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. Jason Kidd -- $187,675,468

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $21.4 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

9. Paul Pierce -- $194,035,952

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $19.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

8. LeBron James -- $200,607,292

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $31.0 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

7. Carmelo Anthony -- $201,120,659

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $24.6 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

6. Joe Johnson -- $203,542,249

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $24.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

5. Tim Duncan -- $238,262,300

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $22.2 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

4. Dirk Nowitzki -- $241,646,362

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $25.0 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

3. Shaquille O'Neal -- $286,344,668

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $27.7 million
Championships: 4
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 8

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

2. Kobe Bryant -- $323,312,307

Seasons: 20
Highest single-season salary: $30.5 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 18
NBA First-team All-NBA: 11

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

1. Kevin Garnett -- $326,362,956

Seasons: 21
Highest single-season salary: $28 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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After Westbrook was presented with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, he promptly called his team mates to the stage.

"These guys sacrificed so much for me throughout the year," said Westbrook. "It was obviously an amazing season for me but without these guys and the rest of our guys that are not here, none of this would be possible.

"So this award is not for me. This is for all you guys and I am very thankful to have you guys in my corner. You guys are my brothers for life."

The 28-year-old American was on a mission from the start of the season as he silenced critics who doubted whether he could thrive without Kevin Durant, who left the Thunder last July and won an NBA title with Golden State two weeks ago.

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Westbrook carried the Thunder on a nightly basis, setting the new standard by recording 42 triple-doubles, one better than the former single-season mark set by Robertson.

Despite the loss of Durant, a four-times scoring champion, the Westbrook-led Thunder recorded 47 wins, just eight fewer than the previous campaign.

The first-ever NBA Awards show followed years in which the league announced individual honors separately throughout the postseason.

Among the night's other awards, Golden State forward Draymond Green, two weeks removed from winning his second NBA title in three years, was named the best defensive player.

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25. Rasheed Wallace -- $158,110,581

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 4
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo By Kent Horner/NBAE via Getty Images)

24. Chris Paul -- $158,226,325

Seasons: 12
Highest single-season salary: $22.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 9
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

23. Tyson Chandler -- $158,586,645

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $14.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 1
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

22. Vince Carter -- $159,087,631

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $18.3 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

21. Amar'e Stoudemire -- $161,628,892

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.4 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

20. Tracy McGrady -- $162,978,278

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

19. Elton Brand -- $164,901,096

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

18. Jermaine O'Neal -- $168,794,021

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $23 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

17. Zach Randolph -- $172,597,245

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $17.8 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

16. Dwyane Wade -- $176,115,934

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 12
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

15. Chris Webber -- $178,230,697

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $19.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 5
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

14. Pau Gasol -- $182,999,615

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $19.3 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

13. Ray Allen -- $184,356,410

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $18.8 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

12. Dwight Howard -- $186,735,761

Seasons: 13
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

11. Chris Bosh -- $186,936,512

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.7 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 11
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. Jason Kidd -- $187,675,468

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $21.4 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

9. Paul Pierce -- $194,035,952

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $19.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

8. LeBron James -- $200,607,292

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $31.0 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

7. Carmelo Anthony -- $201,120,659

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $24.6 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

6. Joe Johnson -- $203,542,249

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $24.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

5. Tim Duncan -- $238,262,300

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $22.2 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

4. Dirk Nowitzki -- $241,646,362

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $25.0 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

3. Shaquille O'Neal -- $286,344,668

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $27.7 million
Championships: 4
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 8

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

2. Kobe Bryant -- $323,312,307

Seasons: 20
Highest single-season salary: $30.5 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 18
NBA First-team All-NBA: 11

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

1. Kevin Garnett -- $326,362,956

Seasons: 21
Highest single-season salary: $28 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Mike D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year after leading Houston to 55 wins in his first season with the team.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year, while Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award for his work off the bench as a substitute. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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