UVA alum Malcolm Brogdon wins NBA Rookie of the Year honors

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon won NBA Rookie of the Year and Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon won the Sixth Man of the Year Award Monday night at the first-ever NBA awards show in NY.

Brogdon averaged 10.2 points - the lowest of any victor - and led all rookies in assists (4.2) and steals (1.1) per game, while ranking second in 3-point field-goal percentage (.404) and free-throw percentage (.865).

But never have we seen a second round draft pick win this prestigious award, until #Malcolm Brogdon, of the Milwaukee Bucks, broke history to become the first ever second round draft pick to win the award.

Embiid left KU after his freshman season, and was drafted #3 overall in 2014 by the Philadelphia 76ers. He really turned it on in the second half of the season, averaging 17.3 points, which led all rookies, and 7.3 rebounds per game. McGruder started 65 games this season for the Miami Heat, averaging 6.4 points and three rebounds per game.

Hield played at Oklahoma after leaving Sunrise; he was the #6 overall pick past year in the National Basketball Association draft.

Like Embiid, Saric was drafted in the first round and called this past season his rookie year.

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

After the All-Star break, Brogdon averaged 12 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field. He led the league in steals and on February 10 had the league's first triple-double ever that didn't include points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists. "So I just want to say thank you to everybody".

Of course, it's also worth noting that in his playing days Bucks head coach Jason Kidd was also named as a Co-Rookie of the Year alongside Grant Hill in 1994-95.

Those numbers explain more, but still struggle to show the full impact each player had on his team.

Milwaukee finished a great night for their organization with the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, winning the Kia Most Improved Player.

Saric teammate Joel Embiid, Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield and New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez were also voted First 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.

In a field of strong contestants for the KIA NBA Sixth Man Award, Eric Gordon brought the gold home to Houston, becoming the first player in Rockets history to win the award.

  • Angelo Rivera