The least surprising thing happened on Friday: Russell Westbrook was named a finalist for MVP.
The MVP will be announced on June 26 in the first ever award show in New York City, hosted by Drake.
Westbrook’s historic season leads everyone to believe he’s the favorite to win the award. He’ll be joined in New York by former teammate, James Harden, and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.
Essentially for Westbrook it was no Kevin Durant, no problem. His numbers soared with the now Golden State Warrior gone. He average a career high in points, rebounds and assists. He set the all-time NBA record for triple-doubles with 42. It was a 55 year old record that fell. Oscar Roberston did it in 1961-62.
The season was unique in Westbrook’s chase of 42 triple-doubles almost became a spectacle in itself. In Brooklyn, the MVP chants on the road started. One of the biggest points came on Westbrook’s comeback in Orlando, a 57-point triple-double saw more chants.
The booing for their own team in Phoenix as they intentially fouled other Thunder players to provent Westbrook from getting his 42nd triple-double. It was a sight to be seen.
It could be a historic upset if Westbrook is not named MVP. We’ll find out in a month.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!