Malcolm Brogdon Wins 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Award

The Milwaukee Bucks took a flier on Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon with a second-round pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and he rewarded them with a Rookie of the Year performance. 

Brogdon won the honor Monday at the NBA’s award ceremony in New York City, beating out fellow finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Brogdon was the only finalist to reach the postseason and was a steady force throughout the campaign as he outperformed expectations. He finished the season with 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

Brogdon‘s achievement is unique for a second-round pick, according to Elias Sports (via ESPN Stats & Info):

While he didn’t bring the same star power as teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brogdon‘s importance was illustrated by Milwaukee’s net rating of plus-2.7 when he was on the floor and minus-1.7 when he was off it, per NBA.com.

He shot 45.7 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from three-point range and 86.5 percent from the free-throw line. He frequently took advantage of openings created when opposing defenses collapsed on Antetokounmpo.

His head coach, Jason Kidd, was among those who believed Brogdon deserved the Rookie of the Year.

“I think he should be Rookie of the Year, for what he has done being drafted in the second round,” Kidd said, per Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s a student of the game. He works extremely hard, not just on the court but off the court, studying film and asking questions.”

If Brogdon maintains that work ethic, this recognition could be just a taste of what is to come as he develops at the NBA level.

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