ESPN has announced their nominations for the upcoming ESPY awards. Your favorite Russell Westbrook has been nominated for Male Athlete of the Year.
Westbrook, who was without his sidekick for the first time in his career showed what spectacular ability he possessed as he averaged a triple-double for the first time since the 1961-62 season. Westbrook’s historical numbers are poised to win him his first ever MVP. Oklahoma City will become the eighth team in NBA history with multiple MVP winners.
Also announced is Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs. He was named as the 2016 NL MVP as the Chicago Cubs won their first world series in 109 years. He led the NL in runs scored as he ran away with the MVP award.
Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is nominated, too. He led Pittsburgh to back-to-back Stanley Cups this season. No player has built a more impressive body of work over the past two years than Crosby throughout the NHL this season.
Michael Phelps rounds out the nominations. Phelps, who won five gold medals during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. His grand total of 23 gold medals is a mark that may not be touched for sometime.
The ESPYs will be announced on ESPN on July 12 at 7 p.m.
Westbrook was also nominated for NBA Player of the Year for the ESPYS. Also nominated was Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), LeBron James (Cavaliers), James Harden (Rockets), and Kevin Durant (Warriors).
Westbrook also was nominated in the category for Best Record-Breaking Performance.
Westbrook’s season of 42 triple-doubles and the average of a triple-double goes up against some high quality candidates.
Diana Taurasi broke the WNBA’s all-time scoring record recently. She surpassed Tina Thompson on Sunday, June 18. Taurasi now has 7,494 points to Thompson’s 7,488 points.
Phelps historic run as an Olympic swimmer has him with 23 gold medals. That is a mark that may never be reached again.
Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl to win his fifth Super Bowls as a head coach. He surprassed Chuck Noll, former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, who won four with the Steelers in the 60s an 70s.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!