Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon hopes experience, workouts improve draft stock


Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon hopes experience, workouts improve draft stock

WALTHAM, Mass. – The resume Malcolm Brogdon has put together leading up to next month’s NBA draft has been years in the making.
His four-year career at the University of Virginia ended with him being one of the more decorated players in school history, a unanimous First Team All-American as a senior who became the first player in ACC history to be named league Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
But all those accolades mean little these days as Brogdon hits the NBA workout circuit trying to convince teams that his wealth of big-game experience is of greater value to them than the potential they may see in a draft that once again is loaded with teenagers.
For Brogdon, the workouts serve as an extension of what teams have seen from him throughout the course of his college career.
“I’m going out into these workouts calm and collected,” Brogdon said after working out for the Celtics on Wednesday. “Going out here knowing I have what it takes and this is another opportunity to prove myself.”
Most mock drafts have Brogdon being selected somewhere in the second round. However, league executives told CSNNE.com at the Chicago combine last week that there’s a chance that Brogdon could slip into the latter stages of the first round – well after several younger, less-proven prospects have been selected.
Well aware that so many younger, less accomplished players are projected to go before he’s called, Brogdon readily admits that only adds to the motivation he has to do well in workouts.
“When you have a really good season, and still you’re right below guys or you’re underestimated, you have a chip on your shoulder,” he said. “You have a lot to prove every time you step on the court.”
While no one questions Brogdon’s strong senior season for the Cavaliers, which ended with an NCAA tournament loss to Syracuse in the Elite Eight, there are concerns about his game that teams would like to see addressed in some capacity in workouts.
At 6-6 with a solid 223-pound frame, Brogdon has the physical tools and the mindset to be a reliable defender at the next level. But when it comes to scoring, Brogdon doesn’t wow you with his athleticism and has yet to show any particular tangible offensively that he brings to the table that would stand out at the pro level.
That’s in part why he’s looking to show teams that he can be a reliable 3-point shooter, which would accompany a strong defensive skillset.
“My shooting, my 3-ball has gotten better range,” said Brogdon, who shot 39 percent on 3s as a senior at Virginia. “And I will continue to play lock-down defense. I don’t want anyone to score on me.”
And it is that ability to defend at a high level (he was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year each of the past two seasons) that makes him a legit candidate to be taken near the end of the first round.
One of the drawbacks with drafting on potential is you never know how long it’ll take before it materializes at the NBA level to a point where it’s even useful.
But the success of four-year guys like Golden State’s Draymond Green, or to a lesser extent, Miami’s Josh Richardson this past season, gives hope to seniors in this draft like Brogdon.
Green, a second-round pick of the Warriors in 2012, is an All-Star who has been instrumental to Golden State’s success, which includes winning an NBA title last season. And Richardson, a second-round pick in last June’s NBA draft, was a factor in helping the Heat advance to the second round of the playoffs, which ended with a hard-fought seven game series against Toronto.
“For me,” Brogdon said, “a four-year guy coming in, a team that drafts me has a guy that’s mature, a rookie that doesn’t have to be told things twice, that’s going to handle their business on and off the court, that’s’ going to learn and pick up things quickly and be able to contribute right away.”

Irving's procedure means Celtics may add player via 'hardship roster exception'

Irving's procedure means Celtics may add player via 'hardship roster exception'

With Kyrie Irving undergoing a “minimally invasive procedure” on Saturday, the Boston Celtics may look to add a player via the “hardship roster exception” that only teams that are significantly impacted by injuries, are eligible for. 

MORE - Doctor: Irving could return in 'three to four weeks'

The Celtics won’t have a clear sense of what the timetable will be for Irving’s return until after his procedure is performed. 

But it’s likely to be at least a couple weeks which at the earliest would put Irving’s return just before the playoffs. 

In order to qualify for the NBA’s hardship roster exception, at least four players must miss a minimum of three consecutive games, and later be deemed to be out for an additional two weeks. 

Gordon Hayward (dislocated left ankle) and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus, left knee) are out for the season, and Marcus Smart (right thumb) recently underwent surgery that will keep him sidelined for at least another five weeks. 

An independent doctor will determine if the extent of the aforementioned injuries as well as the recovery time for Irving, meet the two-week criteria to be eligible for the hardship roster exception. 

Once that’s determined, Boston will be given a hardship roster exception to use on a player for the remainder of the regular season but won’t be eligible for the postseason. 

If Boston does add a player, look for him to come from the Gatorade League, possibly their G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. 

Boston has a collection of guards who have helped fill the void left by Irving’s absence, but Boston has not been able to address the loss of Daniel Theis. 

Keep an eye on former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Red Claws this season. 

MORE - Hayward gives update on rehab

Boston has a 45-day cap on the use of its two-way players with the parent team, but that limitation ends tomorrow which means guard/forward Jabari Bird and guard Kadeem Allen can earn the league minimum for every day they are with the Celtics going forward in the regular season. That can provide some depth to a Celtics team that because of injuries, can use every healthy body they can find.


Doctor: Irving could return in 'three to four weeks'

Doctor: Irving could return in 'three to four weeks'

Kyrie Irving could be back on the court in time for the Celtics to begin the playoffs.

Or not.

Irving will have what the Celts are describing as a "minimally invasive procedure" on his injured left knee Saturday. NBC Sports Boston talked to Dr. Christopher Chihlas from Southcoast Health -- who has not examined Irving but is familiar with his type of injury -- about how long Irving may be sidelined.

"A minimally invasive procedure is basically an arthroscopy," said Dr. Chihlas. "His return to play is mostly dependent on what is done . . . If it's just a cleanout, as we're being told, then -- best-case scenario -- we could see him back playing in three to four weeks."

But, he added, "it could be double that . . . depending upon what exactly is found . . . 

"The key here is the patella fracture (which Irving suffered during the 2015 playoffs). My feeling is that he's suffering a bit of the consequence of the patella fracture, which is a fracture into the knee joint . . . [He] may need to have this done periodically to get him through the rest of his career."