Malcolm Brogdon named NBA Rookie of the Year, Antetokounmpo wins Most Improved

MILWAUKEE | Monday night was a banner night for a couple of Milwaukee Bucks. Guard Malcolm Brogdon was named the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year. Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Improved player.

Antetokounmpo beat out Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic for the honor given during Monday’s NBA Awards.  Brogdon, who was also selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team earlier in the day, beat out  Joel Embiid and Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers.  Brogdon becomes the first player who wasn’t a first-round pick to win NBA Rookie of the Year in the common-draft era.

Antetokounmpo was also named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team earlier in the day.

Brogdon led rookies in assists (4.2 apg) and steals (1.12 spg) and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (40.4) and free throw percentage (86.5). He was also third in field goal percentage (45.7) and fourth in scoring (10.2 ppg). A second round pick (36th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon became one of just five rookies in NBA history to shoot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range while averaging at least 4.0 assists per game. He recorded the first rookie triple-double in Bucks’ history, and the only one by a rookie during the 2016-17 season, when he scored 15 points with 12 assists and 11 rebounds at Chicago on Dec. 31.

Antetokounmpo averaged career highs in both blocks (1.9) and steals (1.6) per game during the 2016-17 season, which ranked sixth and 11th in the NBA respectively. He also ranked fifth in total blocks (151) and ninth in total steals (131). Antetokounmpo is the sixth Buck to be named to an NBA All-Defensive team and the first since Alvin Robertson was a First Team All-Defensive Team pick in 1990-91.

Bucks back above .500 after 98-94 win over Oklahoma City

MILWAUKEE | Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Malcolm Brogdon hit two free throws with eight seconds left, lifting the Milwaukee Bucks over the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 on Monday night.

With Milwaukee leading 96-94, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook drove the lane, but Milwaukee’s Tony Snell deflected the ball off the Thunder guard’s leg and the ball went out of bounds. The referees initially signaled the ball went off Snell, but after a video review, they reversed the call and gave Milwaukee possession.

Brogdon then was fouled and made both free throws to seal the victory.

Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 30 points and six assists but made only 3 of 17 shots in the second half.

The Bucks, now 17-16 on the season, play at New York on Wednesday night.


Bucks ring in New Year with 116-96 win over Bulls

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The Milwaukee Bucks bounced from their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a big way, beating the Chicago Bulls 116-96 on Saturday night. It was the third win for Milwaukee over Chicago in the month of December.

The Bucks got great performances from young stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker. Antetokounmpo finished with 35 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven blocks, seven assists and two steals, while Parker added 27 points and five rebounds. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon also scored a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds while playing 39 minutes with Matthew Dellavedova sidelined by a hamstring injury.

“We’re holding him back. Blame it on the coach,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said with a grin after Brogdon’s big night. “He’s a special person. For him to be asked to start and run the team with Giannis and Jabari, he has handled everything we’ve thrown at him. He was great tonight.”

Milwaukee (16-16) finished its week-long trip with a 2-2 record and sneaked past the Bulls (16-18) in the Central Division standings.

“It was a great bounce-back,” Antetokounmpo said, referring to the Bucks’ 116-99 loss at Minnesota on Friday night. “We needed this win. I felt like against Minnesota I didn’t play hard enough.

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Robin Lopez added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bucks host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Bradley Center on Monday night at 6.

Bucks lose a thriller to Spurs 97-96

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks let a 15-point lead slip away and the San Antonio Spurs won in Milwaukee on Monday night 97-96.  The loss snapped the Bucks (10-9) four-game win streak. LaMarcus Aldridge was credited for the go-ahead basket with 21.2 seconds left after Giannis Antetokounmpo was whistled for goaltending.

The Bucks had one last shot to retake the lead, but Mirza Teletovic missed an open 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.9 seconds left. Aldridge secured the rebound and the Spurs ran out the clock.

San Antonio extended its season-opening road winning streak to 12 games in thrilling fashion.

Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 23 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat on the bench for much of the 4th quarter with five fouls, finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Greg Monroe added 10 points and 13 boards off the bench.

San Antonio’s David Bertans and Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley were ejected for their roles in a 3rd quarter shoving match.

Earlier in the day Milwaukee’s Antetokounmpo was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per game. The Bucks went 3-0 last week, including a 17-point home win over the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bucks host Portland on Wednesday. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was the Bucks’ head coach from 2005-07.