Malcolm Brogdon, the ACC Player of the Year out of the Virginia basketball program, turned a lot of heads in the NBA this season. So much so that the No. 36 second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks thrust himself into the NBA Rookie of the Year conversation with his consistent play.
Brogdon ended up with 28 starts for the Bucks. He averaged 10.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.1 steals. Those assists and steals ranked first among players qualified for the NBA rookie award. The winner will be announced on June 26 in New York.
The Bucks have released player profiles to recap their playoff season and Brogdon got the feature treatment this week. Take a look at the Bucks NBA.com page here for graphics, photos, and more information. Here is the mini mix tape the Bucks put together for that page as well.
If you’re interested in reading more about Brogdon’s Rookie of the Year chances, here are several links to consider:
- Bleacher Report’s NBA Rookie of the Year 2017: Top Award Candidates and Announcement Date
- CBS Sports’ For your consideration: Malcolm Brogdon, the improbable Rookie of the Year choice
- NBA.com’s Rookie Ladder
Brogdon, of course, had quite the UVA career too. The Hoos piled up 89 wins in his final three seasons. Brogdon ended up with more than 1,800 points (1,809), 500 rebounds (563), 300 assists (335), and 100 steals (117) in his Cavalier career. He’s the school record holder for career free throw shooting percentage at 87.6%. He led the team in scoring for three straight seasons, culminating in this year’s career high of 18.2 points per game.
Brogdon earned first-team All-ACC honors three times. He earned consensus All-American status as a senior, joining legend Ralph Sampson as the only players in school history to reach that level. He was also named the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) National Defensive Player of the Year. Virginia retired his number this winter during his NBA rookie season.