Malcolm Brogdon is the Steal of the Draft


Written by Trevor Ricci (@Trevor_Ricci) on 29 December 2016

If you watched the game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers, you would not only have seen an incredible game between 2 division rivals, but rookie Malcolm Brogdon put superstars Kyrie Irving and LeBron James on posters.  

Posters aside, Malcolm Brogdon has been looking more and more like a great pick in the 2nd round.  Brogdon is 24 years old and a rookie.  While he may not become a next-level star in the NBA because of his late start, he can and will become a starter in the NBA.  He is averaging 7.5 points per game and 3.0 assists per game.  He also is able to keep turnovers low. In his Per 36 minutes category, which is an advanced stat that uses averages to calculate how a player would perform if they played 36 minutes a game, he averages 12.8 points and 5.0 assists.  Teams that struggle to get the offense going would love to see a 5 assist player at his age.  

Brogdon is able to get good looks by using off-ball screens effectively.  Movement without the ball is incredibly important in an NBA offense.  If there is no movement, everyone is at a standstill, so no one is getting open.  This can then lead to turnovers, low-percentage shots, and a whole host of other issues.  Brogdon's ability to recognize that his point guard, whether it be Dellavedova or Giannis at the time, is able to make good passes if he gets open is an intelligence factor that not many rookies possess.

When you have the talent combined with intelligence and natural leadership, something very special can happen.  At the University of Virginia, Brogdon received a master's in Public Policy.  He's earned the nickname "president", which funny enough is the name of your MyCareer player in NBA 2K17.  You might ask yourself "What does a master's degree have to do with success on the basketball court?"  The answer may surprise you.  It demonstrates his intellect mentioned earlier.  The harsh truth is that a majority of rookies don't share the knowledge Brogdon demonstrates.  If he has the ability to master concepts in the classroom, he can use that ability to master concepts on the basketball court.

If not for Joel Embiid, Brogdon would be the front-runner for Rookie of the Year.  With the injury to Ben Simmons and other rookies being less than impressive, Brogdon has showcased his talent and intellect on the court.  Having a poster collection of Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James doesn't hurt either.  In case you want to see it one more time, here's the moment Brogdon threw it down in beautiful fashion on King James.

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