This year's NBA All-Rookie First Team includes Joel Embiid and Buddy Hield; Embiid played college basketball at Kansas, and Hield attended Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire. The only played in ACC history named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, Brogdon led all National Basketball Association rookies in assists (4.2) and steals (1.12) per game, and was second in three-point shooting percentage (40.4), helping the Bucks reach the playoffs.
Brogdon is the first non-first round pick to win rookie of the year in 60 years. Embiid and Saric are leading candidates for honor, in addition to Brogdon.
The Bucks used the 36th overall pick to select Brogdon in the 2016 draft and he helped Milwaukee reach the postseason by averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 75 games (28 starts). D'Antoni, who also won the award while coaching Phoenix.
"Malcolm worked tirelessly to improve his game and became a valuable contributor", said Kidd, who won co-Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill in 1995.
Saric, Brogdon and Embiid are the three finalists for Rookie of the Year to be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Brogdon received 64 of the 100 first-place votes. In those 31 games, he averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, and 2.5 blocked shots per game.
His stats were not off the charts but as a second rounder, and the impact he gave to the Milwaukee Bucks gave put him in serious contention to be the #Rookie of the Year. I am obviously biased since Embiid played for Bill Self. Antetokounmpo averaged almost 6 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist more per game than the 2015 season.
The former University Virginia star is also the first ex-college senior to pick up the ROY since Tim Duncan in 1988. Two points were awarded for First Team votes and one point for Second Team votes.
Yes, Brogdon was an integral part of the Bucks' 42-40 record and run to the playoffs, but they did win four of the seven games he didn't play and he was fifth on the team in scoring and third in assists behind Giannis Antetokuonmpo and Matthew Dellavedova.
The second team was Denver's Jamal Murray, Boston's Jaylen Brown, the Suns' Marquese Chriss, Lakers guard Brandon Ingram and Dallas guard Yogi Ferrell.
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