NEW YORK – Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is the league’s Most Improved Player.
The duo won the awards Monday night during the first NBA Awards show that was hosted by Drake.
Brogdon beat out finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, both of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Brogdon was a second-round pick out of Virginia who led all rookies with 4.2 assists and 1.12 steals per game in helping the Bucks reach the playoffs.
Embiid had the strongest stats, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocks, but was limited to just 31 games because of injuries.
Antetopounmpo came out ahead of fellow finalists Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder was named the league’s most valuable player.