Thunder's Westbrook named MVP after historic season

NBA announced All-Defensive Teams

The league announced the victor of the MVP and the other individual honors during the first NBA Awards show in NY.

Noted Taylor Swift fan and newly awarded MVP Russell Westbrook received high praise from the singer herself following his big win at Monday night's NBA Awards.

Draymond Green is the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Kawhi Leonard's two-year reign. The Golden State Warriors are the team champions of 2016-17. He led the league in steals and on February 10 had the league's first triple-double ever that didn't include points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists.

Last month, Westbrook, Harden and Leonard were shortlisted as the three candidates to win MVP.

Here are the winners of the six major media-voted National Basketball Association awards ...

The show, hosted by Drake, is also home to the announcements of Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year awards.

In the inaugural edition, the National Basketball Association also avoided what could end up being an awkward situation in future shows, particularly when it comes to the MVP: a player accepting an award either after being trading (unlikely) or days before sending shockwaves by switching teams in free agency (possible).

Russell pointed at them and said he would kick all their butts.

"I can't say thank you enough, you guys sacrificed everything you've done in your life".

The Oklahoma City Thunder's official account shared Swift's message on Twitter following Westbrook's win. He also averaged a triple-double on the year.

Westbrook's most memorable moment of the season was a game-winning three pointer that cemented a 50 point, 16 rebound, 10 assist triple-double against the Denver Nuggets. That pushed him over impressive numbers by Houston Rockets star Harden, who was incredible as he moved to play the point guard position full-time for NBA Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni.

Among the newcomers were awarded the defender of Milwaukee Malcolm Brogdon.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas won the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

Cameroon center Joel Embiid and Croatia's Dario Saric, both with Philadelphia, were losing finalists for the top newcomer award.

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