During the Basketball Season, a lot of things occurred that was major and unprecedented. To begin, this past summer , Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City to the Golden State Warriors for a two year deal worth $60 million. This was written in The Player’s Tribune when the decision was made. His decision was met with major backlash and criticism by many because he left a team that was up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals to a 73-win team. He flourished throughout the regular season and ended up as a NBA Champion and Finals MVP. He got the monkey off his back by winning his first ring.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder averaged a triple double for the regular season (30 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 10.0 APG) and willed his team to the playoffs. Such numbers haven’t been repeated since Oscar Robertson did it in the 1960’s. He’s was in a race for MVP with James Harden of the Houston Rockets who’s nearly averaged a triple double for the regular season (29.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 11.2 APG) and led the rockets to the second round of the playoffs.
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers had a career year in 2016-2017 ( 27.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.0 APG) but he wasn’t named a All-Star for the 3rd straight year and willed his team to the playoffs, even when people said they wouldn’t repeat the same success they had last year. Dwyane Wade returned to his hometown to join the Chicago Bulls with a top 25 player in Jimmy Butler. He led them to the playoffs where they lost to the Celtics in six games.
Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics had a breakout season being named a All-Star for the second straight time and averaging 29 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.0 APG. He led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in seven years on a heavy heart after his sister Chyna Thomas died in a car crash. And lastly, Lebron James advanced to his 8th straight NBA Finals, which in itself is unbelievable. Unfortunate for Lebron, although he did average a triple double for the finals which is out of this world, he did lose the Warriors in 5 games. The Warriors had the better team overall won their second title in 3 years. .