Former University of Virginia basketball star Malcolm Brogdon (2011-2016) is having his best season in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The third-year pro has continued to improve in the pros. He's averaging 15.5 points per game, but what's most impressive is his efficiency.
Brogdon is shooting a career-high 51.5 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from three-point range.
"I think we have a great coach that has come in and put a great system in," says Brogdon. "I have teammates that find me and give me confidence to shoot the ball."
Milwaukee's new coach is Mike Budenholzer. His system and philosophy has helped Brogdon thrive.
"It's given me more space on the floor," says Brogdon. "Adding guys like Ersan (Ilyasova) and Brooks (Lopez) has really given me more space to drive and play my game."
"He's a great professional, he had a great summer. His work, he's very diligent in what he does," says coach Budenholzer. "Very focused and calculated. He's taken what we're trying to do and executes it really well. He's steadiness has been really huge for us."
Brogdon has always been a good free throw shooter, but this year's he's shooting over 96 percent. The NBA single-season record is 98 percent.
If Malcolm Brogdon continues to shoot over 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line, he'll join and elite group of only seven NBA players who are a part of the 50-40-90 group. That group includes guys like Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Larry Bird.
"Definitely something I'm aware of," says Brogdon. "It's not a goal to achieve that, but it's kind of a measuring stick of how well I'm playing. People make me aware of it and let me know, but it's just another statistic."
Brogdon's Bucks (32-12) are about tied with Toronto (33-13) for the best record in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
"We have a chance to do something special this year," says Brogdon. "We've been playing like it. We just have to keep it up. We've had a few sluggish games but overall, we've had a very good season and it's important to finish strong going into the all-star break."
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Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.