Malcolm Brogdon was a rookie that seemed to come out of nowhere in the 2016-2017 NBA season. He went from second round pick in 2016 to Rookie of the Year in 2017. Most people are probably wondering. Who is Malcolm Brogdon?
Before the NBA
Brogdon attended Greater Atlanta Christian School, a private school in Norcross, Georgia. After high school, Brogdon attended the University of Virginia. He red-shirted his sophomore due to a serious foot injury the previous season. During the team’s 2013-2014 & 2014- 2015 seasons, Brogdon was known as one of team’s top contributors. He averaged 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists for the 2013-2014 season.
In the 2015-2016 season, Brogdon was named as a consensus Second-Team All-American as well as being named to first-team All-ACC & ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Brogdon would play for Virginia for all four years. He declared for the 2016 draft soon after.
NBA Path to Success
Brogdon was selected in the second round with the 36th pick in the 2016 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Brogdon recorded his first triple-double in a game against the Chicago Bulls. He recorded 15 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds. Brogdon would go on to play in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend in 2017. At the end of last season, Brogdon was named to the All-Rookie First-Team. He was eventually named the Rookie of the Year.
Brogdon joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only Bucks to win the Rookie of the Year award. Brogdon also became the first player since 1966 to win the award while not being drafted in the first round. The future is bright for this young player, along with playing with rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Also, playing with a former point guard and now Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach, Jason Kidd, the sky is the limit for Brogdon and his game.
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