The Milwaukee Bucks seem to have found their point guard of the future in rookie Malcolm Brogdon. He has been pushing fellow guard Matthew Dellavedova for the starting spot, and it’s about time for him to run the show.
As a rookie, Brogdon has shown great composure and poise, he plays well above his age (24). Getting 21 minutes per game, he is averaging: 7.7 points per game, 3 assists per contest and 2 rebounds per game. Brogdon has also been reliable shooting the basketball. Malcolm Brogdon currently shoots about 42% from the field, a solid 84% from the line and an outstanding 42% from behind the arch. He has also shown to have a great chemistry with center Greg Monroe and forward with Jabari Parker. Brogdon always seems to capitalize on his opportunities, he only gives up about one turnover per game.
Although Matthew Dellavedova seems to play better alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, he has been mediocre at best this season otherwise. Getting 28 minutes per game, Delly is averaging 7.8 points per game, 5 assists per game and 2.5 rebounds per contest. Shooting this season has been a huge problem for Delly, he is shooting a pedestrian 38% from the field, 83% from the line, and a sub par 34% from three. When the Milwaukee Bucks signed Matthew Dellavedova, I’m sure they did not envision his offense to be this ineffective.
Malcolm Brogdon beats out Matthew Dellavedova in almost every statistical category (minus assists per game), even in true shooting percentage, and in PER. Brogdon currently has a solid true shooting percentage of 52%, which ranks him in the middle of the pack this season. Delly on the other hand, has a poor true shooting percentage of 47%, ranking him near the bottom of the NBA. Brogdon has solidified himself as a capable shooter this season, an area where Matthew Dellavedova has struggled all season. In terms of PER (player efficiency rating), Malcolm Brogdon has a 12.4 PER which isn’t terrible considering he gets only 21 minutes per contest. Dellavedova on the other hand, has a discouraging 9.7 PER in the 28 minutes per game he gets.
Both of these players are exceptional at taking care of the ball, and both have a tremendous feel for where the open teammate is. However, Malcolm Brogdon has been giving the Milwaukee Bucks the boost this season on both ends of the floor. Although Matthew Dellavedova has had his moments, it is time to let Malcolm Brogdon run the show and see where it takes the Bucks.