Dario Saric, Joel Embiid Make 2016-17 All-Rookie First Team

In his first National Basketball Association season, Brogdon led rookies in assists (4.2 per game) and steals (1.12 per game) and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (40.4) and free throw percentage (86.5).

But never have we seen a second round draft pick win this prestigious award, until #Malcolm Brogdon, of the Milwaukee Bucks, broke history to become the first ever second round draft pick to win the award.

Brogdon beat out Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. He played in just 31 games due to injury, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 25.4 minutes of action per night.

Draymond Green made the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the third season in a row alongside San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard.

Brogdon is the first non-first round pick to win Rookie of the Year in the common draft era since 1966. That's why he slipped to the second round, where the Milwaukee Bucks eventually made him the 36th overall pick.

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year winner Malcom Brogdon poses in the press room at the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday
Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, And Malcolm Brogdon Lead The NBA All-Rookie Teams

Brogdon could receive Rookie of the Year and Antetkounmpo could get most improved player when those awards are bestowed at 8 p.m. Monday night. The undrafted Heat rookie finished with 61 points, which included seven first-team votes. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers were also named First Team All-Defense. He shot 47 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the free-throw line.

Saric was a unanimous selection by 100 voters while Embiid appeared on just 89 ballots, receiving 82 first-place votes and seven second-place votes. In February, he was voted an All-Star Game starter, becoming Milwaukee's first All-Star since 2004, and last month he was selected to the All-NBA Second Team.

Brown was joined on the All-Rookie Second Team by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell.

Those numbers explain more, but still struggle to show the full impact each player had on his team. Now he moves forward as a valued piece of the core of a team that is a rising contender in the Eastern Conference.

  • Stacy Allen