Later Monday night, at the new NBA Awards show (did you forget that was coming?), the NBA Rookie of the Year will be announced.
In advance of that, the NBA released the All-Rookie Teams.
This was not a deep rookie class, making it a challenging vote. Also, a number of players came on the second half of the season, showing promise that made the process even tougher.
Two players were unanimous first-team choices: Malcolm Brogdon of the Bucks (the front-runner for ROY), and Dario Saric of the Sixers. Saric’s teammate Joel Embiid also made first team, but there was enough concern among voters (100 members of the NBA media, and full disclosure I had a vote) that he only played 31 games that seven voters had him on the second team, and 11 left him off entirely. A full list of who voted for whom will be made public on Tuesday by the NBA.
Here is who made the cut (players got two points for a first-team vote, one point for a second-team vote).
2016-17 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
Player (Team) Total Points (out of 200 possible) Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee) 200 Dario Saric (Philadelphia) 200 Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) 171Buddy Hield (Sacramento) 154Willy Hernangomez (New York) 128
2016-17 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
Player (Team) Total Points (out of 200 possible)Jamal Murray (Denver) 123Jaylen Brown (Boston) 106Marquese Chriss (Phoenix) 91Brandon Ingram (L.A. Lakers) 83Yogi Ferrell (Dallas) 63
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first-place votes in parentheses): Rodney McGruder, Miami, 61 (7); Caris LeVert, Brooklyn, 36 (2); Domantas Sabonis, Oklahoma City, 19 (4); Tyler Ulis, Phoenix, 10 (1); Patrick McCaw, Golden State, 8; Skal Labissiere, Sacramento, 7 (1); Kris Dunn, Minnesota, 5; Juancho Hernangomez, Denver, 5; Taurean Prince, Atlanta, 5; Isaiah Whitehead, Brooklyn, 5; Alex Abrines, Oklahoma City, 4; Davis Bertans, San Antonio, 3; Dejounte Murray, San Antonio, 3; Thon Maker, Milwaukee, 3; Andrew Harrison, Memphis, 2; Fred VanVleet, Toronto, 1; Dragan Bender, Phoenix, 1; DeAndre’ Bembry, Atlanta, 1; Jakob Poeltl, Toronto, 1; Malcolm Delaney, Atlanta, 1
Malcolm Brogdon accepts the award for Rookie of the Year, honoring the guys who get overlooked or are underestimated every day despite their hard work.
On a night that featured Drake and was capped by Russell Westbrook winning MVP, the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks made their presence felt during the first NBA awards show.
Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon beat out the Philadelphia 76ers duo of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric to win Rookie of the Year, while the Rockets' Mike D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year award.
Brogdon -- taken with the 36th overall pick in the second round of last year's draft -- became the only non-first-round winner of the award in the common draft era (since 1966), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"This is a testament to guys who are overlooked, guys who are second-round picks," Brogdon said. "A lot of times you are not going to fit in; a lot of times you are going to have to skip those parties to get to where you want to be."
Brogdon averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 assists per game in 2016-17 -- the lowest of any winner -- but became the second player in franchise history to win the honor, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-70).
Brogdon helped lead the Bucks back to playoffs, where they lost in the first round to the Toronto Raptors.
Brogdon, who played college ball at Virginia, is the first player to win ACC Player of the Year and NBA Rookie of the Year since Elton Brand in 1999-2000.
Under D'Antoni's leadership, the Rockets made 1,181 3-pointers in 2016-17, breaking the Warriors' record of 1,077 a season ago. He beat out Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
"I never thought I would be in New York and have to thank the sports writers for winning Coach of the Year," cracked D'Antoni, a former New York Knicks coach.
D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year in 2004-05 with the Phoenix Suns. He is the eighth coach to win the award multiple times.
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Mike D'Antoni is the eighth coach to win multiple Coach of the Year awards.
A noted hoops fan, Drake served as host for the evening's festivities in New York. Will Ferrell appeared in taped segments alongside Drake, and 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj both performed.
D'Antoni's win was the second for the Rockets on the night, after Eric Gordon beat out teammate Lou Williams and Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala to win the Sixth Man award.
Gordon made a career-high 246 3-pointers in 2016-17, fourth in the NBA. He made 206 of those off the bench, the most in a season in the 3-point era (since 1979-80). Gordon is the first Rocket to win the award.
The Bucks also weren't done collecting accolades on the evening, with big man Giannis Antetokounmpo winning the Most Improved Player award.
Antetokounmpo, known as the "Greek Freak," became the fifth player to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals for a season since blocks and steals became official stats in 1973-74.
A four-year veteran, Antetokounmpo is the first Bucks player to win Most Improved Player. He beat out Denver's Nikola Jokic and Utah's Rudy Gobert.
Draymond Green, sporting a teal blazer paired with shorts, became the first Warrior to win Defensive Player of the Year.
Green averaged a career-high 2.03 steals per game, leading the NBA. He beat out two-time defending champ Kawhi Leonard and Gobert.
Bill Russell was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by league legends Abdul-Jabbar, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson.
Russell engaged in some good-natured trash talk, pointing to his fellow greats and saying, "I would kick your ass," much to the raucous delight of the audience.
Russell won 11 championships as a player with the Boston Celtics and went on to become the NBA's first black coach.
Spurs vice president Monty Williams received the first Sager Strong Award for the courage he has displayed after his wife died following a car accident in 2016. He was given a colorful jacket like the ones worn by Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports reporter who died of cancer in December.
Other winners included: the Warriors' Bob Myers for Executive of the Year, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas for the Community Assist award, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker for the Sportsmanship award and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki for Teammate of the Year.
ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon is the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year, defeating 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Dario Saric for the award.
Brogdon, the 36th pick in last year’s draft, averaged 10.2 points with 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in his first season. Embiid, meanwhile, was off to a historically great start before being sidelined for most of the second half of the season with knee issues and finally being shut down in early March. He ultimately played in just 31 games, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds despite a minutes restriction that kept his playing time down in the games he did play. While Embiid was clearly the most spectacular player of the class, there’s no precedent for a Rookie of the Year with so few games played—the current record on that is held jointly by Patrick Ewing and Vince Carter, who each played 50 games in their respective rookie seasons. (And Carter’s rookie year was the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, which was 50 games in total.)