Entering his rookie season, Malcolm Brogdon will be a key player for the Bucks. Without Khris Middleton, there is not an abundance of guards on this team, leading them to need an increase in production from those currently on the roster. Brogdon had a very successful career while at Virginia, and hopefully he can translate that success to the NBA.
As the reigning ACC Player of the Year, Brogdon is entering the league as a second-round draft pick. The 23-year-old brings a lot of experience for a rookie and should be able to contribute right away off the bench.
In college, defense was Brogdon’s biggest strength. Despite the increase in speed and athleticism in the NBA game, Brogdon was among the best defenders in college basketball in his career and should be ready. At 6’5″, Brogdon has solid size. Although most likely to see time at the shooting guard position, Brogdon could feasibly see minutes at the point and at small forward.
His ability to make free throws at an extremely impressive rate is a good sign for the Bucks as well. An 89.7 percent free throw shooter in college, Brogdon will be a great addition to a Bucks team that finished 22nd in the NBA in foul line percentage at 74.7 percent a year ago.
Adjusting to the speed of the NBA game will be a struggle for Brogdon right off the jump. Many rookies are used to the speed of college play, but the NBA really is a whole different animal. The athletes are faster, stronger, and better than those in college. He will need to be eased into his role off the bench so as to make him more comfortable in the new league.
Plus, he has to watch out for that rookie wall. Brogdon is probably going to see 15-20 minutes per game and he will need to stay fresh and rested. The rookie wall can be detrimental to any new player, but hopefully his extensive experience in college will lead him to avoid it.
Lastly, he needs to figure out his three-pointer. Brogdon was very efficient as a shooter behind the arc in college, but looked lost behind the NBA three-point line in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Milwaukee needs all the shooting they can get, so Brogdon needs to be able to at least hit the open three consistently. Brogdon having a season of over 35 percent would be huge for the Bucks.