Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon defeated the Philadelphia 76ers’ tandem of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric to win the 2017 Rookie of the Year award. The winner was announced during the NBA’s first-ever live awards show hosted by Drake on TNT Monday night.
Brogdon’s victory shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Bovada listed him as the heavy favorite to win the award prior to the start of the awards show, and previously released ballots showed that Embiid and Saric had split a lot of the votes.
While it’s unfortunate Embiid won’t be recognized for his incredible season because he only played in 31 games, an award has no bearing on the rest of his career. When healthy, it was obvious that Embiid was one the best players in the entire NBA, let alone the rookie class. He certainly doesn’t need the title of “Rookie of the Year” to certify just how talented he is, although it would have been quite the story.
The same goes for Saric, who basically willed the Sixers through the months of February and March (and was subsequently recognized for his efforts). At the end of the day, his numbers just weren’t as efficient as Brogdon, who shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 40.4 percent from three-point range.
There’s no real point for any outrage over the outcome, faux or legitimate. The NBA season ended over two months ago, and attention is certainly elsewhere, particularly in Sixers land.
Philadelphia just landed one of the best prospects in recent memory in a deal that some would view as an absolute coup. Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons will be the leading candidates to take home the award in 2018, even though early odds indicate otherwise.
The Sixers have a bright future and a fantastic young core. Not having one of their plays take home Rookie of the Year isn’t really on anyone’s radar right now.
There’s always next year, and luckily Sixers fans are very good about patiently waiting for things to go their way.