Bucks’ Antetokounmpo, Brogdon named finalists for NBA awards

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, three months after being named a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, is a finalist for the NBA’s Most Improved Award.

Antetokounmpo increased all of his stats from last season. In 2015-16, he averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. This year, he exploded for a stat line of 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

Other notable names that have won the Most Improved Award include Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, Zach Randolph and Tracy McGrady.

Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic are the other two finalists this year.

Malcolm Brogdon jumped into a big role in the Bucks rotation early in the season, and he finished the year averaging 10.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

The other two candidates for Rookie of the Year include Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.