Would it be Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, or Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs taking home the latest MVP honors? Gordon converted 246 threes on the year to finish fourth in the league, behind only Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and teammate James Harden. Meanwhile, the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard quietly continued to emerge as one of the league's top two-way players showing both defensive and offensive skills.
Leonard was trying to be the first to win three in a row since Dwight Howard. "The Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks picked up the Most Improved Player Award.
Other award winners for 2017 included the Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker winning the Sportsmanship Award, while Victor Oladipo won the Dunk of the Year honors. He was a reserve in 60 of the 75 games he played in and averaged 17.6 points and his 206 3-pointers off the bench were 27 more than the previous record.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon beat out the Philadelphia 76ers duo of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric to win Rookie of the Year, while Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon received the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Russell pointed at them and said he would kick all their butts.
He also made a little bit of history by becoming the first Houston player to win the award in his first season with the team.
Popovich is nearly always a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year.
Monday's show was hosted by Drake and had appearances by Will Ferrell, 2 Chainz, and Nicki Minaj.
Brogdon was a second-round pick out of Virginia who led all rookies with 4.2 assists and 1.12 steals per game in helping the Bucks reach the playoffs.
For the past season, Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds per game.
Golden State's Draymond Green was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive team. He is the first ACC Player of the Year and NBA Rookie of the Year since Elton Brand. Last season, the Rockets went just 41-41.