Malcolm Brogdon earns himself NBA 'Rookie of the Year' award

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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.

Brogdon, who was a second-round pick, led all rookies in assists (4.2 per game) and steals (1.12) and averaged 10.2 points per contest.

Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award, following Malcolm Brogdon's victory for Rookie of the Year to open the show on Monday night. The Bucks roster includes guards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, both of whom averaged over 20 points per game in 2016-17, as well as forward Khris Middleton, who scored almost 15 per night in an injury shortened campaign.

The Rookie of the Year award has been given to players who excel in their first year of the National Basketball Association, from LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Anthony Towns, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, #Jason Kidd, Larry Bird and lots more great players.

Yet the third finalist, the Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon, was picked NBA Rookie of the Year in a nationally televised awards ceremony from NY.

He ended the two-year reign of Stephen Curry, who last season was the league's first unanimous MVP.




Brogdon, who thanked the Bucks, his teammates and Kidd for trusting in him and giving him playing time as a first-year player, said it took hard work, good decisions and sacrifice to get where he is now.

After the All-Star break, Brogdon averaged 12 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field.

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

The Clippers' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley were the two guards on the first team. But the Sixers played 3,966 minutes as a team, which means Embiid played just 15.8 percent of the season.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Brogdon received 64 of the 100 first-place votes.

The All-Rookie Second Team features Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell.

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