Malcolm Brogdon: ROY win for the 'underestimated'

Sixers' Joel Embiid and Dario Saric both named NBA All-Rookie First Team

Guard Malcolm Brogdon was named the league's Rookie of the Year - the first second round draft pick to win the award - while forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the most improved player. Brogdon beat out Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Dario Saric for the award.

Prior to being shutdown for the season with a torn meniscus, Embiid finished the season averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game. He played in 75 games for the team and made 28 starts, filling a major need for the team while forward Khris Middleton was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The less-than-positive fan might bemoan how a weak 2016 draft produced a disappointing rookie class so thin that two of the three official Rookie of the Year finalists were actually drafted in 2014; a class so devoid of star power that the victor ended up being a second-round pick from the 2016 draft.

After slipping to the second round of the NBA Draft a year ago, Malcolm Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year at the NBA Awards show on Monday. He also shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range and was a quality defender on a playoff team. His averages in points, rebounds and blocks per game were the highest of any National Basketball Association rookie since the Clippers' Blake Griffin, who was named 2011 Rookie of the Year. I just want to say thank you to everybody.

The Magic made Saric the No. 12 pick in the 2014 draft before trading him to Sam Hinkie and the Sixers in exchange for No. 12 selection Elfrid Payton, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2015 second-rounder. Two points were awarded for First Team votes and one point for Second Team votes.

Chris Paul of the LA Clippers and Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets round out the squad.

Embiid and Saric are the first teammates to garner this honor since Kevin Durant and Jeff Green were picked in 2007-08 when they played for Seattle. Now he moves forward as a valued piece of the core of a team that is a rising contender in the Eastern Conference.

The second team was Denver's Jamal Murray, Boston's Jaylen Brown, the Suns' Marquese Chriss, Lakers guard Brandon Ingram and Dallas guard Yogi Ferrell.

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