Joel Embiid, Dario Saric named to All-Rookie First Team

Tricia Pearson
July 1, 2017

Two Milwaukee Bucks players won prominent individual awards Monday night - one who made the long-legged leap this year from potential-filled up-and-comer whose name many around the National Basketball Association couldn't even pronounce to rising superstar that some believe is a future MVP; the other an oft-doubted and overlooked 2016 second-round draft pick that has now made league history. He would later on average 10.2 points per game, 0.2 blocks per game, 1.1 steals per game, 4.2 assists per game, and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 45.7% from the field and 40.4% from beyond the arc.

Brogdon beat out finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, both of the Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged over 20 points a game and nearly 8 rebounds and just over 2 blocks shots.

Draymond Green made the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the third season in a row alongside San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard. D'Antoni, who also won the award while coaching Phoenix. With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons rookies next season, a Sixers player has a good chance to win the award a year from now. The Sixers have the 2016 No. 1 overall pick, LSU guard/forward Ben Simmons, and this year's top selection, Washington guard Markelle Fultz, set to join Saric and Embiid on the court this fall.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield and New York Knicks big man Willy Hernangomez round out the first team.

He ended the two-year reign of Stephen Curry, who last season was the league's first unanimous MVP. He led the league in steals and on February 10 had the league's first triple-double ever that didn't include points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists.

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And while Spicer has cut back on the number of televised press briefings , he is still on the payroll as both communications director and chief spokesman.

Prior to Monday's NBA Awards show, the league announced its All-Rookie and All-Defense teams.

"I just think it's an important message for people to see, and it can be done", the newly minted ROY added later on at a press conference.

During his senior year, Brogdon averaged 18.2 points per game and shot 47.4 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from 3-point range.

Antetokounmpo has already been named to the All-NBA second team.

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