Bucks guard Brogdon voted Rookie of the Year

Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric unanimous selections to NBA All Rookie first team

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon took home the NBA Rookie of the Year Award Monday night in New York City.

Brogdon was a unanimous selection for the All-Rookie team.

Brogdon averaged 10.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.1 steals over 26.4 minutes per game.

As rare at is for a player who was selected outside the top-10 to be the victor of this award - Michael Carter-Williams, a man with Bucks and 76er connections is the only exception since Mark Jackson won in 1988 - Brogdon takes that even one step further.

They were joined by Joel Embiid, Saric's teammate in Philadelphia, along with Sacramento guard Buddy Hield and Knicks forward Willy Hernangomez.

Here is who made the cut (players got two points for a first-team vote, one point for a second-team vote).

Brogdon, Saric and Embiid were finalists for the NBA Rookie of the Year. However, the voters chose to award Brogdon, whose team had much more success than the Sixers. He became the first player in Bucks history to win this award. He was the rookie leader in points, rebounds and blocks a game.

Before joining the Bucks, Brogdon played four seasons at Virginia for coach Tony Bennett.

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. "As the oldest rookie to win this award in decades, I know it is the culmination of many special people who believed in me, starting with my mother, and continuing with my owners, my teammates, Coach (Jason) Kidd and the entire Bucks' staff. So I just want to say thank you to everybody".

The first team featured a record four global players, topping the previous mark of three. He also mentioned adjusting the lottery odds to create less of a gap between Team No. 30 and the first team out of the playoffs. He scored 20 points in 10 consecutive games.

Brodgon played a key role for the Bucks this season, starting 28 games after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 National Basketball Association draft. Saric also had the fourth-most assists and third-most steals on the Sixers last season.