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Victor Oladipo Nigerian-born basketballer wins Dunk of the Year at NBA Awards

Victor Oladipo won the fans-voted Dunk of the Year award for his dunk on the (then) Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard.

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Nigerian-born Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo won the Dunk of the Year trophy at the inaugural NBA Awards which held on Monday, June 26.

Oladipo is born to a Nigerian nurse Joan Amanze Oladipo and a sierra Leonean father Christopher Oladipo.

The OKC guard won the fans-voted Dunk of the Year award for his dunk on the (then) Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard.

Victor Oladipo and Dwight Howard play Victor Oladipo won the fans-voted Dunk of the Year award for his dunk on the (then) Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard. (AP)

 

Oladipo was in attendance at the NBA Awards that was hosted by superstar rapper Drake.

 

Oladipo’s OKC teammate Russell Westbrook was announced the winner of the Most Valuable Player of the 2016/2017 campaign.

Oklahoma City Thunder players Andre Roberson, Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter, Taj Gibson, Nick Collison and Victor Oladipo play Westbrook called his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Andre Roberson, Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter, Taj Gibson, Nick Collison and Victor Oladipo on stage (Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard was only the second player and first in 55 years to average a triple-double for an entire season. 

Westbrook beat Houston Rockets guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard to win the award.

Russell Westbrook play MVP Russell Westbrook (NBAE/Getty Images)

 

He called his OKC teammates up onstage when he was presented with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

“These guys sacrificed so much for me throughout the year, It was obviously an amazing season for me but without these guys and the rest of our guys that are not here, none of this would be possible,” Westbrook said.

Eric Gordon play Eric Gordon (NBAE/Getty Images)

 

So this award is not for me. This is for all you guys and I am very thankful to have you guys in my corner. You guys are my brothers for life.”

Drake play Drake was host for the night (Getty Images for TNT)

 

The 28-year-old became the face of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise following the controversial exit of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors where he won the NBA title and was also named Finals MVP.

Draymond Green play Draymond Green (NBAE/Getty Images)

 

Warriors forward Draymond Green was voted the Best Defensive Player of the year while Houston’s boss Mike D’Antoni was named Coach of the Year.

Mike D'Antoni play Mike D'Antoni (Getty Images for TNT)

 

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year, while Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award for his work as a substitute.

Awards of the night

Rookie of the Year:

Malcolm Brogdon – Milwaukee Bucks (Winner)

NBA Most Valuable Player

Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder (WINNER)

NBA Sixth Man Award

Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets (Winner)

NBA Coach of the Year

Mike D’Antoni – Houston Rockets (Winner)

Most Improved Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks (Winner)

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors (Winner)

Tyman-Stokes Teammate Of The Year Award: Dirk Nowitzki

NBA Sportsmanship Award:

Kemba Walker

Best Style Award

Russell Westbrook

Assist of the Year

Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant on the break!

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