They just won’t stop. The Bucks are dropping accolades like it’s nobody’s business in the summer of 2017. Giannis started the hardware collection with his All-NBA 2nd Team appearance to cap off a season where he averaged 22.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.9 bpg, and 1.6 spg to be the first player ever to finish in the Top 20 of each of those categories. Did I mention he lead the team in all 5 categories as well. I think that sounds like All-NBA 1st Team. Tell me another player who’s done that…oh wait.
After finishing 42-40 as the East’s 6th seed and taking the Raptors to 6 games and within a minute of a game 7, the Bucks continue to pack award on award on award. First off, Giannis backed up his All-NBA 2nd Team listing with an All-Defensive 2nd Team award. Nobody can argue the defensive monster that Giannis Antetokounmpo is. His 1.9 bpg and 1.6 spg show the havoc his 6’11” frame and 7’0″ wingspan creates for opposing players. Just ask Jonas Valancinas in last year’s playoffs.
Whether he’s flying down the court for a mid game free throw line dunk after a steal or getting after a run down block to pin your ass on the backboard, Giannis is all defense, all the time.
Giannis did lead the Bucks in all 5 major categories and was All-NBA and All-Defense 2nd team, but he was not the whole Bucks team, no matter what any “insider” or “analyst” might say. Obviously, they don’t know the Bucks like we do. Malcolm Brogdon is just one of the reasons why that is clearly not true. Brogdon was one of two, including Dario Saric, to be unainmous All-Rookie 1st team players.
The 2nd round pick had one hell of year as he worked his way into the starting lineup after fighting his 2nd round label and injuries throughout the year. His 15 point, 12 assist, and 11 rebound triple double against the Bulls, his game winner in Boston, and his massive, jaw-dropping, poster making dunk on LeBron show exactly why he deserves to be All-Rookie 1st Team, as well as our point guard of the future for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rip Vine. Even better, Embiid’s un-unanimous All-NBA Rookie 1st Team shows what we all knew was true as the season was closing. Brogdon’s a better and more promising player than Joel Embiid. Stat’s don’t lie. Get mad. Wait there’s more. I’m just going to go ahead and break the news. Malcolm Brogdon’s winning the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and nobody can do a fucking thing to stop it. #Bucksin6 #OwntheFuture
Just wait for Giannis, Brogdon, and company to stack on some more awards tonight at the very first ever NBA Awards Ceremony. I can’t wait for tonight, and even more for the 2017-18 season. It’s the Buck’s time in the NBA. Watch out.