Today’s Sports Stat: December 21, 2017
Donovan Mitchell, the 13th selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, currently tops the list for most points scored by a rookie this season in the NBA. Mitchell has tallied 548 points for the Utah Jazz, averaging 17.7 points per game.
Mitchell is followed by rookie Ben Simmons, the #1 selection in the 2016 NBA Draft who did not play last season, with 500 points. The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (486 points) and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics (468 points) are the other rookies who have scored 400 or more points thus far in the 2017-18 campaign.
There are 29 rookies who have scored 100 or more points through games of December 20. Eight teams have two or more first-year players on this list; the Sacramento Kings have four rookies that have scored 100 points or more so far this season.
Here’s a look at the number of rookies each team has that has scored 100 or more points to this point this season.
2: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Phoenix
1: Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Golden State, Memphis, Miami, N.Y. Knicks, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah
None: Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Portland, Washington
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NBA Stats: Is it time to start promoting Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon as this year’s ROY?
“With the 36th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select Malcolm Brogdon, guard from the University of Virginia.”
When the Bucks made this selection of Brogdon in the second round of last year’s draft, there wasn’t much fanfare, in fact, most Bucks fans probably had little idea what the team was getting with Brogdon. Almost a year later, the team, its fans, and the NBA are taking notice of Brogdon and his play on the court.
At the All-Star break, Brogdon is averaging 9.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He is also averaging 25.6 minutes per game, an unusually high number of minutes on the court for a first-year player, let alone a rookie who was drafted in the second round.
While the Bucks brass may be pleasantly surprised with Brogdon’s play, imagine the surprise of the rest of the NBA. In fact, you could certainly make a case for Brogdon as this year’s Rookie of the Year. Yes, a second-round player garnering a ROY Award!
Well, let’s take a moment and make the case for Brogdon as ROY. First, Brogdon has scored 517 points, most of any of the rookies taken in the second round. His closest competitor is fellow second-rounder Isaiah Whitehead of Utah who has scored 338 points for the Jazz. Not bad, you say. But here’s where things get interesting. In looking at all players taken in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon’s 517 points ranks first; yes, that’s right, he has scored more points than every player taken head of him in the draft.
His 9.4 ppg ranks first among players drafted in 2016, as does his 4.2 assists per game. He also has 2.7 rebounds per game, not bad for a rookie guard… that stat ranks seventh among the draftees. His aforementioned 25.6 minutes per game ranks second among 2016 draftees (L.A. Lakers 2016 selection Brandon Ingram tops the list).
(Just for clarification, Brogdon ranks third in points for first-year players… a pair of Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, lead the list of most points for rookies; neither was drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, however.)
There is still a whole half of a season to go, but continued strong play from Brogdon will certainly keep his name near the top of the list for 2016-17 NBA ROY.
One more note about second-round draft choices by the Milwaukee Bucks. Brogdon has gotten off to a great start as the Bucks 2016 second round choice. But past history has shown us that the Bucks have selected a few other “gems” in the second round of the NBA Draft.
Here’s a look at the most career points in the league by players who were drafted in the second round by the Bucks. There are 15 players drafted in the second round by the Bucks who scored 3,000 or more points in their NBA careers. Of these 15, five never put on a Bucks uniform.
|Year Drafted||Player||Career NBA points||Games with the Bucks|
|2008||Luc Mbah a Moute||3.716||335|
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