4 Houston Rockets players who’ve won awards during All-Star weekend

Russell Westbrook (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Russell Westbrook (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

1. Russell Westbrook – 2015 All-Star Game MVP

During the 2014-15 NBA season, current Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook averaged 28.1 points, 8.6 assists, and 7.3 rebounds, which were all career-highs up to that point for Russ. This was impressive, as Russ battled injuries early in the year, which forced him to miss 14 of the first 16 games of the season.

During that season, Westbrook led the league in scoring for the first time in his career, and he also finished fourth in assists. Westbrook was selected to his fourth All-Star Game but was voted as a reserve, as Stephen Curry and Houston Rockets guard James Harden were voted as the starters for the Western Conference All-Stars.

During this game, Russ played the second-fewest minutes among Western Conference guards, but he showed out in spite of that. The Brodie scored a game-high 41 points, and also added three steals, which were a team-high.

Russ also added five triples, which were second to only James Harden, who finished with seven treys. Westbrook’s efforts landed him the first All-Star game MVP of his career, but it wouldn’t be the last, as he also won it the following year.

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This put Russ in rare and elite territory, as he is one of only eight players in league history to win the All-Star MVP award twice.

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