For the majority of his career, Malcolm Brogdon has been an NBA starter, including the previous four seasons with the Indiana Pacers.
When the Boston Celtics acquired Brogdon in an offseason trade in July, they wanted to make him a reserve and bolster their bench.
“My game is suited for being versatile, doing what the team needs, being skilled in multiple areas of the game so I can have an impact no matter how you play me,” Brogdon said earlier this season.
The plan worked. Brogdon appeared in 67 games this season, all of the bench, averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists and shot 48.4% from the field and 44.4% on 3-pointers.
For his work, he was named the NBA’s 2022-23 Sixth Man of the Year on Thursday night. Brogdon earned 60 of 100 first-place votes, with the Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley and Bucks’ Bobby Portis as the other finalists.
Brogdon didn’t exactly play a starter’s minutes at 26 minutes per game, but his per 36 minutes are 20.6-5-5, and the Celtics had one of the best bench’s in the league, including No. 3 defensively where Brogdon has impact with his size (6-4, 229) and physicality.
Over the course of those 67 games, the Celtics were 2.7 points per game better than their opponent with Brogdon on the court, and he scored a season-high 30 points against Charlotte on Jan. 14.
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Malcolm Brogdon averaged 14.9 points a game for the Celtics during the 2022-23 NBA season.
Throughout his career, he has been a consummate team player. When it was announced he was a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year, Brogdon said, “These are team awards. It takes a team to get an All-NBA, an All-Star, Sixth Man, Defensive Player (of the Year), so that would be great for our organization. It’s always good to get recognition for what you’re doing, for your sacrifice, for your work. It’s definitely nice.”
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Publish date : 2023-04-20 23:06:34
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