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NBA India Games 2019

NBA India Games 2019: Fast Facts on Indiana Pacers' guard Malcolm Brogdon

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon
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Malcolm Brogdon is one of the players who was neither on the Sacramento Kings' roster nor on the Indiana Pacers' roster when the first-ever NBA India Games were announced.

However, with the sign-and-trade deal this past offseason, he would be making the long trip to India for the historic couple of preseason games in Mumbai.

So, who is Malcolm Brogdon?

Background

Brogdon was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 11, 1992.

High school & College experience

After attending high school at Greater Atlanta Christian in Norcross, Georgia, Brogdon chose to go to the University of Virginia for college (2011-16).

Other than a serious foot injury, which forced him to redshirt his sophomore year (2012-13), he had a very successful four years with the Virginia Cavaliers.

Brogdon received a lot of recognition during his time at the University of Virginia - Consensus first-team all-American (2016), Consensus second-team all-American (2015), 2016 ACC Player of the Year, 2-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 16), 3-time First-team All-ACC, and 2016 NABC Defensive Player of the Year.

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Quite clearly, his best year at college was his senior year (2015-16) which included being a finalist for the Naismith Award.

In 2015, Brogdon represented the United States at the Pan America Games in Toronto, where he won a bronze medal.

NBA career

In the 2016 Draft, Brogdon was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 36th overall pick.

During his rookie year, on February 20, 2017, his #15 jersey was retired by the University of Virginia.

Averaging 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 75 games, he was named the 2016-17 Rookie of the Year. Receiving the award with his background and numbers, he had etched his name in NBA history.

He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only Bucks players to have won the award.

He also became the first second-round pick ever to be named ROY since 1965 while averaging the fewest points and minutes among past winners. He also received a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie First Team.

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Despite missing the final 13 games of the 2018-19 regular-season, Brogdon led the league in free-throw percentage at 92.8. He also became only the eighth player in league history to register a 50-40-90 season - 50.0% shooting from the field, 40.0% from beyond the 3-point arc and 90.0% from the free-throw line.

He played a huge role in the Bucks finishing with a league-best tally of 60 wins, their most in franchise history since 1981.

In the offseason of 2019, Brogdon signed a 4 year, $85 million contract with the Bucks as part of a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers.

Skill set

At 6-5, he allows his coaches the freedom to play him multiple positions.

He might have been drafted 36th overall but given his efficient range shooting (career 40.8% from beyond the arc) and defence, Brogdon is a very important piece on any roster in a league that is dominated by guard play.

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