The worst nightmare of many Sixers fans off-season came true last night. Somehow, someway, Malcolm Brogdon won the Rookie Of The Year Award over the likes of Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. Brogdon, who was the sixth man on a playoff Bucks team that had a lot more talent than the Sixers, took home the award.
Apparently Brogdon was the more “efficient” player than Saric and clearly played more games then Embiid. That is the argument that Brogdon supporters put forward. However in his 2016-2017 campaign he never won Rookie of the Month, his points per game are the third lowest ever among ROY Award winners and his rebounds per game (an atrocious 2.8) is the lowest ever for a ROY winner. Bucks social media, which had been using blatant propaganda to help Brogdon win the award, felt the need to further rub it in to 76ers fans by mocking our #RTArmageddon.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 27, 2017
However, the joke is on them because they spelled Armageddon wrong, Jabari Parker can’t stay healthy, Malcolm Brogdon will soon become irrelevant and Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t have the right supporting cast to win big playoff games.
In all honesty, I really had no idea who this guy was until the finalists were announced. I tried to recall a moment of brilliance that Brogdon may have had in the few times the Bucks played the 76ers this year, but my memory failed me. But, congrats to him. He joins the likes of esteemed Rookie Of The Year winners like Michael Carter Williams.
Rookie Of The Year doesn’t mean anything. Bucks fans have clearly forgotten that Michael Carter Williams won the award, beating a much superior Giannis Antetokounmpo (who came in 7th) back in 2014. There were three Rookies on the Sixers last year I would still take over Malcolm Brogdon, which includes the Frenchman Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot as well as Saric and Embiid. Nobody will care about who won this in November.
The general voting this year was abysmal. In a Rookie Class desperately hurting for talent, Joel Embiid was left off some voters first team All Rookie list. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, who turned it on at the end of the season, did not receive one vote for the first or second team all Rookies. The most atrocious result though was Avery Bradley, who was snubbed from the All Defensive teams altogether when it was evident he should’ve been first team All Defense.
Unlike most teams in the league, the 76ers are working towards something. While mot teams make trades here or there and remain mediocre (Milwaukee), Hinkie and company have required a team capable of overthrowing the likes of Golden State and LeBron. While they still have a long way to go and improve, look for them to make playoffs. And as far as the results go, if the league wanted a motivated Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, I think they just got it.