Russell Westbrook will be competing against some pretty big names to garner some more hardware in what has been a very successful year for the Oklahoma City Thunder guard.
In April, Westbrook surpassed Oscar Robertson in triple doubles in a season with 42 of them. That record stood for 55 years before Westbrook did what he did this season. Then in June, Westbrook took home the NBA’s biggest individual award, winning his first MVP.
Westbrook is up for three of the biggest awards of the night. The most obvious is NBA player of the year. He’ll be up against LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and ex Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden.
The next big award Westbrook will be up for is Record Breaking Performance of the Year for breaking the triple-double record. He’ll be competing against Michael Phelps’ Olympic performance from the 2016 Olympics, Bill Belichick’s record for Super Bowl wins as a coach, and Diana Taurasi breaking the WNBA’s scoring record.
And the final big award Westbrook will be up for is Male Athlete of the Year. He’ll be up against Kris Bryant, Michael Phelps, and Sidney Crosby.
Westbrook will also be in the tournament-like category for Play of the Year in the NBA category for his game winner against the Denver Nuggets, the same game that notched him the triple-double record.
The ESPYs will air at 7pm CST on ABC.