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Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon wins Rookie of the Year award

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon has been named the Rookie of the Year for the 2016-17 season, edging out his fellow contestants Joel Embiid and Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Brogdon was a revelation in head coach Jason Kidd’s every day line-up, putting up 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals through 75 games.

The Virginia standout garnered 28 starts, making up for the painful loss of starting shooting guard Khris Middleton, who missed the vast majority of the year.

“This is a testament to guy’s who are overlooked, guys who are second-round picks,” Brogdon said in his acceptance speech. “…A lot of times you are not going to fit in, a lot of times you are going to have to skip those parties to get to where you want to be.”

Brogdon was the only rookie to put up a triple-double this season, making the most of a hard-fought 42-40 regular season that earned the Bucks the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

He was selected with the 36th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft.