By Nick Freimuth
It’s not very common that a second round draft pick wins NBA Rookie of the Year. The Milwaukee Bucks struck gold in last year’s draft however when the selected Malcolm Brogdon with the 36th overall pick. The Virginia player was honored with NBA Rookie of the Year last night. Brogdon joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only other Bucks player to earn this honor. Brogdon also becomes the first player in the NBA not drafted in the first round to earn Rookie of the Year since 1966.
Brogdon joined teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo as major award winners Monday night. “The Greek Freak” was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He became the first player in Bucks history to win this award. In his fourth NBA season Antetokounmpo led the team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). He was only the fifth player in NBA history to accomplish that feat. Increasing his scoring average by six points was a major reason the Bucks had such a stellar season.
The combination of Brogdon and Antetokounmpo should make Milwaukee a contender for years to come.