At the start of the season, everyone thought Joel Embiid will be ROYT. 31 games into the season, Embiid was averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.5 blocks. He was making headlines everywhere as the ROYT until something happened.
His teared meniscus wasn’t healing as it was expected. So the 76ers had no other option than to bench him the whole season. That led to two people with serious considerations for ROYT, Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric. My pick is Malcolm Brogdon.
Malcolm Brogdon was a star in college. In his senior year, he won ACC player of the year, and ACC defensive player of the year. That year, he became the only person to ever achieve both feats in one season.
He entered the 2016 NBA draft with hopes that he will at least be picked in the first round. Unfortunately, he was picked in the second round by Milwaukee despite his record breaking college career.
He began to excel in the NBA. In his 31st game, he was in the starting 5. (As you notice, 31 was a very important number this season.) By the end of the season, he started 28 games, averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and led his team to a 42-40 record. Dario Saric’s 76ers were only 28-54. Brogdon’s presence on the court was more powerful than Saric’s. Overall, Brogdon had a great season and should be ROYT.