During a night that featured Drake and was capped by Russell Westbrook winning MVP, it was the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks that made their presence felt during the first ever 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 in the common draft era (since 1966), according to Elias Sports Bureau. "This is a testament to guys who are overlooked, guys who are second-round picks," Brogdon said. "... A lot of times
Just a few years ago, the Indiana University basketball staff decided to take a chance on OG Anunoby. Attending an AAU event showcasing top-talent in Atlanta, the staff was drawn to a player whose name wasn’t even printed in the brochure for the event. After two years at Indiana, the Toronto Raptors were the ones choosing Anunoby with the 23rd overall pick in the NBA Draft. Much like Tom Crean’s coaching staff, Toronto’s front office is glad that other teams passed on the 19-year-old forward. With the selection of Anunoby in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Raptors selected a 6-foot-8 forward with unlimited upside and potential, as well as a work ethic to speed along the process. Because Anunoby suffered
In the two-minute sketch, the rapper, as "NBA handshake specialist" Coach Palmer, and the actor – as Coach Murphy, an NBA Dexterity Technician – are tasked with improving a team's celebration game. "Guys, we've seen a lot plays from you today, but your handshakes…" Drake says. Ferrell interjects, "Your handshakes aren't worth dog crap.