Sport Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon rising up rookie ranks

00:20  11 january  2017
00:20  11 january  2017 Source:   FOXSports

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Malcolm Brogdon has picked up his scoring as of late. He scored in double figures in three of Milwaukee's last four games and is averaging 7.7 points, which is in the top-10 among all rookies . Brogdon 's forte though is his playmaking, which has been great for the Milwaukee Bucks off the bench all season.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 4: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball against the New York Knicks on January 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) © NBAE/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 4: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball against the New York Knicks on January 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Bucks have two All-Star caliber players in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, but rookie point guard Malcolm Brogdon has been quietly making a name for himself around the league.

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Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon dunked on two of the Cavaliers’ stars on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old second-round draft pick, who has been climbing the ranks in USA TODAY Sports’ Rookie of the Year race, was not afraid. “Just maturity-wise, he’s ahead of a lot of guys.” You should also know that his Bucks teammates are calling him by a nickname he picked up in college. Sports Illustrated‘s David Gardner explained why Brogdon ’s known as “the president” in a 2015 story

It started with Milwaukee's home-and-home series with the Cleveland Cavaliers in late December, when Brogdon dunked on two of the world's best basketball players. Brogdon crossed over Kyrie Irving and slammed one down with his right hand, only to follow that up with a reverse dunk over four-time NBA MVP LeBron James.

Not bad for a 24-year-old second-round draft pick.

Brogdon is sitting towards the top of his rookie class in many statistical categories. His 41.3 percent from the 3-point line leads all NBA rookies, and his 89.3 free-throw percentage ranks third.

He has scored 10+ points in 18 games this season, an impressive statistic that has only increased after Brogdon replaced an injured Matthew Dellevadova in the starting lineup on Dec. 30.

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Despite the fact that he was a second round pick out of Virginia just six months ago, Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is already a productive NBA player. On Tuesday, though, the rookie went from solid to spectacular in one fell swoop thanks to this massive dunk. While it looked to be a situation in which the younger guard would probably just earn a lay- up in the paint, Brogdon surprised everyone by rising up and flushing home a poster-worthy dunk on Irving’s head.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) dribbles the ball “He just knows how to play,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said recently of his rookie guard's maturity. On the season, the Croatian forward is averaging 9.5 points and 5.7 rebounds, which both rank second in the rookie class behind fellow Sixer Joel 4. Houston Rockets - Another week, another spot up in our rankings for the Rockets, who are

Since becoming a starter, Brogdon is averaging 13.7 points, 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 34.8 minutes per game.

NBA Rookies, Most Games with 10+ Points – 2016-17

PLAYER
DRAFT PICKGAMES WITH 10+ POINTS
Joel Embiid, Phi3rd overall (2014)24
Malcolm Brogdon, Mil36th overall (2016)18
Buddy Hield, NO6th overall (2016)17
Dario Saric, Phi12th overall (2014)17
Andrew Harrison, Mem44th overall (2015)12
Brogdon isn't the only Bucks player that is quietly making an impact. Center John Henson has been a threat on defense since being drafted in 2012. His blocks and steals are a large part to why the Bucks currently rank fourth in the NBA in points scored against (101.25 per game).

Players with 400+ Blocks & 100+ Steals – Since 2013-14

PLAYERBLOCKSSTEALS
DeAndre Jordan, LAC 632233
Anthony Davis, NO608317
Serge Ibaka, Orl588128
Rudy Gobert, Uta465144
Andre Drummond, Det438349
Pau Gasol, SAS430110
John Henson, Mil407103
Statistics courtesy STATS and basketball-reference.com

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