2016-17球季的MVP之爭十分激烈，大熱包括Russell Westbrook、James Harden 和Kawhi Leonard。而這個由NBA 主席Adam Silver 親手頒發的獎項最終落在Oklahoma City Thunder 的Russell Westbrook 手上。
這是Russell Westbrook 個人首個常規賽MVP (也是Thunder 球隊史上的第二個)，他在接受獎項之後，道出了真誠感人的說話，他先邀請有到場的隊友上台一同接受這個殊榮，然後他談到隊友並感謝他們：
「我想要多謝我的隊友。如果你們不介意的話，你們可以上來台上，我會很感激。Vic (Oladipo)、Dre (Roberson)、Enes (Kanter)、Nick (Collison)、Taj (Gibson)，我的隊友。… 我的男兒們啊老兄。當然還有所有今夜沒有來到的人，但是這是我的兄弟啊。這些人在一整年爲我犧牲了很多。這當然是我一個非凡的球季，但是沒有這些人，還有不在這裏的其他人，這完全不會有可能發生。這個獎項不是給我一個的，是給你們所有人的。而我是非常非常的感恩有你們在我的一方。你們是我一世的兄弟，而我就是要感謝你們，我愛你們，感謝。」
最後，我漂亮的老婆。由第一日開始，2007年在UCLA 遇見你，我當時已知道你是特別的。你會讓我去奮鬥。你會要我平和下來。你會在好的時候、壞的時候保證我一切良好。你確保我在正軌之上。而我爲你而非常的感激，因爲你爲我每天犧牲太多、太多了。而我不能充份表達我對你的謝意。作爲這個聯盟的一個妻子，可以如你般作出那些犧牲，和做你所做的一齊… 我不能用言語形容我有多感恩有你在我生命之中。你爲我帶來了一個美好的兒子，我是非常的感恩。你一直要我向前。每一次我回家，不輪是一場好的球賽或是一場差的球賽，每一次我看到你的臉，我就會笑。這就是會讓我抖擻起來。我就是想要說，我愛你，我爲你爲我至今所做的一切而多謝你。我這一個丈夫夢寐以求最好的妻子就是你。我愛你，Sugar。非常愛你。」
Westbrook 這一季MVP 球季的精華片段：
For James Harden, it was the best of times (watching Nicki Minaj perform), it was the worst of times (watching Russell Westbrook win MVP) pic.twitter.com/fSGgUF4KpX
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 27, 2017
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 27, 2017
Taylor Swift (Westbrook 喜愛的歌手) 對Westbrook 的祝賀：
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) June 27, 2017
“I can’t hold this (hands MVP trophy to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver). I’ve got some people I want to thank.
“First and foremost, thank you to the man above. Without his blessing, without his honor, I wouldn’t be standing here today. Thank him. I’m very, very blessed to be in the position I am today, so I’m very appreciative of that.
“First, I want to thank the organization. Mr. (Clay) Bennett, Sam (Presti), coach (Billy Donovan), Weav (Troy Weaver), coach (Maurice) Cheeks, I appreciate you guys believing in my, drafting me No. 4 when nobody thought that was a great decision, so I definitely appreciate that. I’ve got a long list of people in Oklahoma I want to thank. I want to thank all the film guys, all the team doctors, the trainers, the massage therapists, the strength and conditioning staff, the equipment team, the front office, the business office, the chefs, the support staff at the arena, at the building, the PR team, just everybody in Oklahoma City that helped me to go out and compete at a high level every single night. I’m very, very thankful. You guys are great. I’m very appreciative of you guys’ help, so thank you.
“Next, I want to thank my teammates. If y’all won’t mind, you guys would come up here, I’d appreciate that. Vic, Dre, Enes, Nick, Taj, my teammates. … Alright, alright, alright, y’all looking good. My guys, man. Obviously, all of the guys they’re not here tonight, but these are my brothers, man. These guys sacrificed so much for me throughout the year. It was obviously an amazing season for me, but without these guys, the rest of our guys that’s not here, none of this would be possible. This award is not for me, it’s for all of you guys, and I’m very, very thankful to have you guys in my corner. You guys are my brothers for life, and I just thank you guys and love all you guys, so thank you.
“I want to thank the NBA as well. I never thought I’d be saying this up here today, but I want to thank the media for voting for me. But seriously, thank you guys for voting for me. I’m very, very appreciative. I feel like I go out every night and compete at a very high level and I’m thankful for you guys noticing that, so thank you.
“To the fans: I want to thank all the fans all across the world just for supporting me throughout my career. I’m very appreciative of that as well. But I want to give a special thanks to all the fans in Oklahoma City. You guys have been riding with me since Day 1, you guys have been riding with me through the good games, the bad games, always there lifting me up, and I’m just so thankful for all the fans there, so thank you guys.
“I want to thank my agency, my agent and my team. You guys do an amazing job of sacrificing everything you do to make sure I’m able to go out and play at a high level. I want to thank you guys and I’m very appreciative of you guys to be on my team, so thank you.
“And lastly, I want to thank my family. Without you guys, I don’t know where I would be. I can’t be standing here without your support, your sacrifice, everything you’ve done for me, starting with my parents. Let’s give them a round of applause, please.
“My parents … man. You guys did any and everything to make sure me and my brother had anything we wanted. I told myself I wasn’t gonna cry but …
“I can’t say thank you enough. You guys sacrificed everything. Pops, OG, working two jobs, getting me up at 4 in the morning, waking me up, every night going to the gym, shooting hoops outside, staying up late playing the video games. … To my mom doing everything to keep our family together. I’m truly blessed to have you as my mother. You’re so amazing. I couldn’t be able to do none of this without you guys. I can’t say thank you enough. There’s so many things I could say about you guys for putting me here. I’m just thankful for having you guys in my corner. I love you guys.
“To my little brother, my roll dog. You mean so much to me. You’re my role model. I look up to. I truly look up to you. You’re amazed and blessed. I’m so happy to have you as my brother. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. A lot of you guys may not know, but my brother just got his masters two weeks ago. I’m so proud of him, not just for that but the man he is today. He lifts me up every single day. My brother, he texts me every single game at halftime. Every game. Since I’ve been in the league he texts me every game at halftime. He don’t got to do that, but he does that because he’s got a kind heart and he looks out for me. I love you from the bottom of my heart, brother. I promise you I appreciate everything you do for me. I love you brother.
“Lastly, my beautiful wife. Since Day 1, meeting you 2007 back in UCLA, I knew you were special. You make me go. You hold me down. You keep me in check through good and through bad. You make sure I’m on the right track and I’m so appreciative of you because so sacrifice so, so much for me every single day and I can’t thank you enough. As a wife in this league, to be able to sacrifice some of the things you sacrifice and everything that you do, I can’t put it in words and describe how thankful I am to have you in my life. You’ve blessed me with a beautiful son that I’m so thankful for. You continue to make me go. Every time I come home I just, regardless of a good or bad game, every time I see your face I just smile. It does nothing but brighten me up. I just want to say I love you and I thank you for everything you’ve done for me thus far. You’re the best wife a husband like me could ask for and I love you, Sugar. Love you very much.
“Everybody in this room, I want to thank all you guys for coming out. Thank everybody at home. I couldn’t thank everybody, but thank all you guys. People that have helped me along the way, I’m very appreciative of all you guys and you guys have a great night. Thank you again. I appreciate it.”