ROY Malcolm Brogdon picks up a win for four-year college players
At Monday night’s NBA awards ceremony, Malcolm Brogdon walked away with what was likely the biggest upset of the night, winning the Rookie of the Year award. Brogdon averaged 10 points, and four assists, and shooting 40 percent from behind the three point line. He consistently contributed to the Milwaukee Bucks starters and helped support Giannis Antetokounmpo. He also started 28 of the 75 games he played in this season–very impressive for the 36th pick in last summer’s draft.
Brogdon beat out Joel Embiid (who playing only 31 games) and Dario Saric, the big man duo out of Philly.
The No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, also out of Philly, the preseason favorite, didn’t play a single game this season.
Brogdon’s win is a huge victory for players who decide to stay in college for all four years. Aside from Damian Lillard and Brandon Roy in the last decade or so, four-year players haven’t been able to beat the one-and-done sensations. Coming out of college I could tell that Brogdon was a hard worker and a very talented guard. This season he proved just that. But now, the pressure to be better is greater than ever. With a healthy Simmons and Embiid, Brogdon will be compared to the two for the rest of their careers. And I think it’s obvious that Philly’s young core is more talented than Brogdon, so despite this award, he has to continue to play with a chip on his shoulder.
Despite that, congrats to your Rookie of the Year!