Malcolm Brogdon was tasked with learning a new job for the Boston Celtics basketball team. He became proficient at it in a short amount of time.
After a season in which he played only in reserve roles and guided the Celtics to the second-best record in the NBA, Brogdon was recognized as the NBA’s sixth man of the year on Thursday night. His accomplishments earned him this award.
That is the second major individual honor that Brogdon has received throughout his career. The guard, now 30 years old, was named Rookie of the Year in 2016-17.
“To even be considered for this is an incredible honor. Brogdon, who had started every game he played during his previous four years in the NBA before accepting his role to come off the bench when the Celtics acquired him, stated that “coming from Indiana to Boston has been a transition for me.” The Celtics acquired Brogdon after he had started every game he played during his previous four years in the NBA. “My past two seasons, they weren’t extremely successful, so for me, it was another gut check for me in knowing that maybe I’m not a No. 1 guy, but I can be a great No. 2, 3, or 4,” he said. “I can be a fantastic No. 2, 3, or 4.”
Malcolm Brogdon triumphed over the other two finalists, Immanuel Quickley of New York and Bobby Portis of Milwaukee, by garnering sixty of one hundred first-place votes and four hundred and eight points from a media panel. With 34 first-place votes, Quickley finished in second place with 326 points. Portis received six of the possible first-place votes and finished with 97 points.
Only Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Clippers ended with superior averages in these three categories than Brogdon did throughout this season among players who came off the bench most of the time. Brogdon’s averages were 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.
Although he had started each of his previous 210 regular-season games, the Celtics traded a large deal (five players and a first-round draft selection) to the Pacers for Brogdon last summer to use him in this particular position coming off the bench. As a member of the Celtics, he appeared in 67 games, all of which were in a reserve capacity.
Yet despite this, he was still the third leading scorer for the Boston Celtics in terms of points per game, behind only the All-NBA hopefuls Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Celtics had a record of 26-9 during stretches in which Brogdon made at least half of his field goal attempts and 13-0 during stretches in which he shot at least 63 percent from the field.
“Coming to Boston and playing behind JT and JB, these guys are established All-Stars and going to be All-NBA people,” Brogdan said. “Playing behind these guys has been a great experience.” “It’s something that would work well for me,” the person said.
Following the announcements of Memphis’ Jaren Jackson Jr. as defensive player of the year, Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox as the inaugural winner of the clutch player award, and Kings coach Mike Brown as the unanimous pick for coach of the year, and the league has now revealed the winner of the sixth man award for this season. This is the fourth individual honor the company has announced so far this season.
John Havlicek, a player who is now enshrined in the Celtics Hall of Fame, was recognized as deserving of the Sixth Man of the Year award because he performed as a reserve player in a way that no other player had done before. The first seven seasons of Havlicek’s career were spent with him coming off the bench. During those first seven seasons, he was named an All-Star in four of those seasons. The highlights of his professional career include winning eight NBA titles, being named to 13 NBA All-Star teams, 11 All-NBA teams, being named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals, being selected to eight NBA All-Defensive Teams, and being named to the league’s 35th, 50th, and 75th Anniversary Teams.