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Malcolm Brogdon's Top 5 Career Performances

Taylor Snow
Team Reporter

The Boston Celtics bolstered their backcourt depth this offseason with the addition of 6-foot-5 point guard Malcolm Brogdon. Before the former Rookie of the Year and member of the elite 50/40/90 Club steps onto the parquet floor this fall, we want to give you a preview of what he’s capable of, so we’ve compiled a list of the top five individual performances spanning across his six-year NBA career.

5. Oct. 30, 2019 at Brooklyn

MPFG/A3P/AFT/AREBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS+/-
32:287-191-56-6813302221+12

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The last time Brogdon began a stint with a new team, he couldn’t have started off much better. In the fall of 2019, he made the short move from Milwaukee to Indianapolis where he opened the new season with four consecutive double-doubles, the last of which was the best passing performance of his career. In an Oct. 30 matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, Brogdon dished out 13 assists while committing just two turnovers, while leading Indiana to a 118-108 win on the road. He alone accounted for more than half of his team’s 25 assists and finished with more than double the six dimes that his point guard counterpart Kyrie Irving tallied. Although he only shot 7-of-19 from the field, Brogdon still managed to drop 21 points into the scoring column with the help of a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the free-throw line. He also corralled a team-high eight rebounds and snagged a game-high three steals, while finishing with a plus-12 in 32 minutes of action.

4. April. 21, 2021 vs. Oklahoma City

MPFG/A3P/AFT/AREBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS+/-
39:1811-233-84-4157103229-2

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Not only is Brogdon a strong passer, but he’s also one of the NBA’s premier rebounding perimeter players, being one of six point guards to average at least five boards per game in each of the last two seasons. He hit a career-high mark of 15 boards twice in a span of two months during the 2020-21 season – once against Chicago in February and again against Oklahoma City in April. We’ve chosen to highlight the OKC game specifically because it also happened to be one of the best overall performances of his career. Aside from leading the game in rebounds (two offensive, 13 defensive), Brogdon also had the top scoring mark with 29 points and tallied a game-high seven assists to lead Indy to 122-116 win. And on top of being the best player in this game, he was also the most clutch player. After the Thunder cut their deficit to two points with 24 seconds remaining, Brogdon made four consecutive free throws to seal the win, placing a cherry atop his career night.

3. Dec. 11, 2019 vs. Boston

MPFG/A3P/AFT/AREBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS+/-
29:186-102-315-1528201129-2

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One of the most alluring attributes that Brogdon possesses is that he is a point guard who isn’t afraid to drive to the basket and draw contact. The Celtics are well-aware of this fact because he happened to produce the best free-throw-shooting performance of his career against them on his 27th birthday, Dec. 11, 2019. Brogdon scored two more points than his age thanks to a perfect 15-for-15 effort from the charity stripe. His all-out attack and team-high scoring effort were too much for Boston to handle, as he led the Pacers back from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit en route to a 122-117 win. The birthday boy also dished out a game-high eight assists, corralled two rebounds, and snagged two steals, while turning the ball over just once during his 29 minutes of action.

2. Jan. 2, 2021 vs. New York

MPFG/A3P/AFT/AREBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS+/-
41:1712-187-102-237201233-4

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As we alluded to at the top of the article, Brogdon is a heck of a reliable shooter, proven by the fact that he’s one of just nine players in NBA history to shoot 50/40/90 throughout an entire season. There have been five instances in his career where he’s made at least six 3-pointers at a 66.7 shooting clip or better, including a career-best 7-for-10 effort against the New York Knicks on Jan. 2, 2021. It was also the best scoring performance to that point in his career, as he finished with 33 points in his first game of the New Year. Despite Brogdon leading the game in scoring, Indiana fell four points shy of a win, succumbing to the Knicks, 106-102. But it was still a night in which their starting point guard stood out, as he also tallied team-high marks of seven assists and two steals while committing just one turnover in 41 minutes.

1. Jan. 25, 2021 vs. Toronto

MPFG/A3P/AFT/AREBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS+/-
36:4210-173-513-1479103336+15

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Brogdon’s 33-point effort on Jan. 2, 2021 was just a taste of what would turn out to be the best month of his career. Four nights later, he logged a new career-high of 35 points against Houston. And then on Jan. 25, he erupted for 36 points against Toronto, which remains his best scoring effort to date. In what was a stellar all-around shooting performance, Brogdon made 10-of-17 from the field, 3-of-5 from long range, and a near-perfect 13-of-14 from the free-throw line. Indy outscored the Raptors by 15 points during Brogdon’s 37 minutes of court time, which made all the difference in a 129-114 Pacers win. It nearly turned into a monster triple-double for the starting point guard, as he also dished out nine assists and corralled seven rebounds. Not only was it the best scoring performance of Brogdon’s career, but it was also one of the best all-around performances of his life.