The 2014 ESPYs are underway from Los Angeles and awards are being handed out left and right. Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook won the Best Comeback Athlete award. This award isn’t divided by gender and handed out to the athlete who made the most significant, profound, or impressive comeback from serious illness, injury, personal or familial hardship, retirement, or significant loss of form.
In the second game of the first-round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Westbrook injured his right knee suffering a slight tear in his right meniscus. He missed some time during the 2013-14 season, but returned to the line up in just the second game of the season.
During the last season, Westbrook averaged 30.7 minutes, 21.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. All while shooting 43.7 percent from the field. Westbrook certainly had an impressive comeback, no one thought he’d be back for until two weeks into the season at the earliest and he just missed two games.
The other nominees were Josh Beckett of Los Angeles Dodgers, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers.