NBA Commissioner Adam Silver arrives at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday, June 26, 2017, in NY.
Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were on stage Monday night at the NBA Awards show to present the honor to Russell, who won 11 championships as a player with the Boston Celtics and went on to become the NBA's first black coach.
Westbrook beat out Houston's James Harden and San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard for the league's top honor.
FILE - In this April 23, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots between Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, rear, and guard James Harden, right, in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City. The victor will be announced Monday, June 26, at the inaugural NBA Awards show. Green was the leading vote-getter with 198 total points and 99 first-team votes.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and French center Rudy Gobert of Utah were among five players named to the NBA All-Defensive Team. Wall led all point guards with 49 blocks last season.
The four-time all-star received 14 first team votes from the panel of 100 media members who selected the first and second teams. Gobert was named on 97 first-team ballots and Leonard on 93. Earlier today, Green was named to the All-Defensive First Team for a third consecutive season, becoming the first player in Warriors history to earn First Team honors three times.
At the least, Thompson should have been on the second team, and if I was to swap him with someone, it would be Green.
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Rookie of the Year: Dario Saric, PF, 76ers; Joel Embiid, C, 76ers; Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Bucks.