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Tapp-ing into the Numbers: Brogdon has Rookie of the Year credentials

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017



PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL TENNESSEN

 

BY JERRY TAPP

"With the 36th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select Malcolm Brogdon, guard from the University of Virginia."

When the Bucks selected Brogdon in the second round of last year's draft, there wasn't much fanfare, in fact, most Bucks fans probably had little idea what the team was getting with Brogdon. Almost a year later, the team, its fans and the NBA are taking notice of Brogdon and his play on the court.

At the All-Star break, Brogdon is averaging 9.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He is also averaging 25.6 minutes per game, an unusually high number of minutes for a first-year player, let alone a rookie who was drafted in the second round.

While the Bucks brass may be pleasantly surprised with Brogdon's play, imagine the surprise of the rest of the NBA. You could certainly make a case for Brogdon as this year's Rookie of the Year. Yes, a second-round player garnering a ROY Award!

Let's take a moment and make the case for Brogdon as ROY. First, he has scored 517 points, the most of any of the rookies taken in the second round. His closest competitor is fellow second-rounder Isaiah Whitehead of Utah who has scored 338 points for the Jazz. Not bad, you say. But here's where things get interesting. In looking at all players taken in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon's 517 points ranks first; yes, that's right, he has scored more points than every player in the draft.

His 9.4 ppg ranks first among the 2016 draft class, as does his 4.2 assists per game. He also has 2.7 rebounds per game, not bad for a rookie guard. That stat ranks seventh among the draftees. His aforementioned 25.6 minutes per game ranks second among 2016 draftees, only behind the Lakers' Brandon Ingram, who is averaging 27.7 minutes.

(Just for clarification, Brogdon ranks third in points for first-year players: a pair of Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, lead the list of most points for rookies, although neither was chosen in the 2016 NBA Draft.)

There are still plenty of game this season, but continued strong play from Brogdon will certainly keep his name near the top of the list for 2016-17 NBA ROY.

One more note about second-round draft choices by the Bucks: History has shown they have selected a few other "gems" after the firstd round as well.

Here's a look at the most career points in the league by players who were drafted in the second round by the Bucks. There are 15 players drafted in the second round by the Bucks who scored 3,000 or more points in their NBA careers. Of these 15, five never put on a Bucks uniform.

Year Drafted

Player

Career NBA points

Games with the Bucks

1976

Alex English

25,613

142

2000

Michael Redd

11,972

578

2007

Ramon Sessions

7.005

124

1998

Rafer Alston

6,799

114

1994

Voshon Lenard

6,745

0

2005

Ersan Iluasova

6,339

453

1982

Fred Roberts

5.962

394

1995

Eric Snow

5,791

0

1991

Bobby Phills

5,153

0

2002

Ronald Murray

4,817

12

1987

Winston Garland

4,799

0

2009

Jodie Meeks

4,337

41

2003

Keith Bogans

4,257

29

2008

Luc Mbah a Moute

3.716

335

1979

Edgar Jones

3,257

0

 


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