It is a story the league needed to honor with their top Rookie award.
"This is a testament to guys who are overlooked, guys who are second-round picks", said Brogdon, who spent five years at Virginia, including a redshirt year in his sophomore season, before joining the Milwaukee Bucks.
It capped off the NBA Awards show on Monday night, which included stirring tributes to Monty Williams, Craig Sager and Bill Russell.
McGruder finished two points behind Mavericks rookie Yogi Ferrell, who was the last second-team pick.
Leonard was trying to be the first to win three in a row since Dwight Howard.
As a matter of fact, Embiid had the strongest stats among finalists for the award. He led the Rockets to 55 victories and a league record for 3-pointers this season. "As the oldest rookie to win this award in decades, I know it is the culmination of many special people who believed in me, starting with my mother, and continuing with my owners, my teammates, Coach Kidd and the entire Bucks' staff".
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Bill Russell received the first Lifetime Achievement award.
Earlier Monday the NBA announced Brodgon was chosen to the NBA All-Rookie first team. Thanks to Coach Bennett for a great education in basketball and for making me better. Antetokounmpo became the first player in National Basketball Association history to finish top-20 in all five major stat categories.
Houston guard Eric Gordon has won the Sixth Man of the Year award in his first year as a reserve. He was a second round pick (No. 36 overall) from Virginia in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Brogdon beat out both Sixers rookies, likely because of his impact over the course of the season for Milwaukee and because Embiid did not play the full season.
It was a fantastic first season for the Bucks' rookie, as he averaged 10.2 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.12 spg, and shot 40.4 percent from the three-point line and 86.5 percent from the free throw line.
Saric, who had 10 doubles-doubles, had 14 20-point games during the 2016-17 season. "I'll be waiting for them somewhere", the Milwaukee Bucks star said before leading a team in an exhibition game involving Greek and foreign players before 15,000 fans at the Athens Olympic Arena on Sunday.