Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon named Rookie of the Year

by Steven Clarke July 1, 2017, 0:21
Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon named Rookie of the Year

A guard, Brogdon put together a solid season for Milwaukee, averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 assists per game while hitting more than 40 percent of his three-point attempts.

Brogdon, a history major who lived on the Range in his final year at UVA while earning a master's degree the from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, follows in the footsteps of Ralph Sampson, who won the award in 1984. Is Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid the most talented?

A second-round pick (36th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon became the first Bucks rookie ever to record a regular-season triple-double when he posted 15 points and career highs of 12 assists and 11 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on December 31, 2016. This is the fourth straight year the Sixers have placed a player on the All-Rookie first team.

The third overall pick at the 2016 NBA Draft saw action in 78 regular season games for Boston, including 20 starts.

There's no doubt that the Milwaukee Bucks hoped Malcolm Brogdon would be a meaningful contributor when they selected him with the 36th pick of last year's draft, but even they couldn't have predicted he'd make history within 12 months.

Both players received all 100 first-team votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard walking on the court during the second half of Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in San Antonio
Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon named Rookie of the Year

Overall, the 6-foot-11 point-forward ranked fifth in the National Basketball Association in blocks (151), ninth in steals (131), ninth in defensive win shares (4.5) and 13th in defensive rebounds (558).

Hield led all rookie in 3-pointers made (148), while Hernangomez led rookies in field goal percentage (52.9) and double-doubles (11). You sacrifice for what you want.

Golden State's Draymond Green was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive team.

Denver guard Jamal Murray, Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, Phoenix forward Marquese Chriss, Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell were on the second team.

On Sunday, the 2005-06 Greece team - European champions in 2005 and runners-up to Spain at the 2006 Worlds - played a side which included brothers Giannis and Thanassis Antetokounmpo, and American Euroleague star Kyle Hines.

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