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Russell Westbrook is the favourite to be 2016/17 MVP

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The upcoming NBA season may be one of the most eagerly anticipated in recent history. Much has been made about the power of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, but there are still some extremely interesting plots developing throughout the league.

None more so than the situation in Oklahoma City, where Russell Westbrook finds himself without Kevin Durant for the first time in his professional career. The point guard is already a triple-double machine, and following his former All-Star teammate's move to the Bay Area, he is expected to have a huge season.

That feeling has been reflected in the betting odds that place Westbrook as the hot favourite to be named the MVP next year.

The 27-year-old, at 2-1, is ahead of the two-time winner - and the first unanimous victor in history - Stephen Curry, who is at 4-1, and LeBron James, who is at fives.

Fresh off his move to Golden State, Kevin Durant is 12-1, while Anthony Davis, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are all 16-1.

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Last season, as the Thunder finished third in the Western Conference, Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds as he led the league in triple-doubles, finishing five ahead of Draymond Green on 18.

During his time in the NBA, Westbrook has played 61 regular season games without KD, averaging 28 points, 8.4 dimes and 7.1 boards. The majority of those games came during the 2014/15 campaign when OKC's roster was decimated by injuries, so expected those numbers to be even better next year.

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