Last year at this time, Malcolm Brogdon, was barely even an afterthought at the end of last year’s draft. The whole world was focused on bigger named players such as the Bucks tenth overall pick in the first round, Thon Maker. Brogdon was just the other guy in the picture. The kid brother so to speak, but now he holds the greatest distinction for first year players.
The young guard out of Virginia becomes the first ever RoY to not be drafted in the first round. Critics were saying that the four-year college star had probably already reached his ceiling and shown us as much as we could expect from him. It makes sense on paper, but Brogdon has shown many times that he can be way more valuable than what people assume.
Brogdon wants to be an All-Star on the court and he really hopes to win a ring, but his main goal is way larger than that; Malcolm Brogdon wants to save the world from hunger. He has a dream that started when he was a young tourist in Ghana, at nine years old, and just continued to progress as he graduated with a degree in public policy.
The twenty-four year old rookie who averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game and shot 45.7 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from three-point range and 86.5 percent from the free-throw line, is one of the first to show up for practice and the last to leave. He’s hungry, and as he’s already shown, there’s not much that he will let get in his way.
Not even LeBron James.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Malcolm Brogdon isn’t afraid of challenges. He seeks them out and knocks them down. Then goes out looking for the next obstacle.
“This is a testament to guys that are underestimated. Guys that are second-round picks. Guys that are undrafted every year, that get looked over regardless of the work they put in, regardless of what they do. You can always achieve your dreams if you have faith, if you sacrifice for what you want.”
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