Brogdon worked out for his hometown Hawks before the draft. After workouts for numerous teams, he said he realized the Bucks — along with the Spurs and Warriors — were ideal landing locations.
Brogdon got his professional career off to a good start. He had nine points, 11 rebounds and three assists for the Bucks in an 81-75 victory over the Cavaliers in their summer league opener Friday.
“I thought it was a good debut for me,” Brogdon said. “I made a few mistakes, shot a few air balls. I thought I got the jitters out. I thought I did some good things running the point guard. I thought I defended. I tried to pick up full court. I thought I had a well-rounded game. That’s what I’m known for. I thought I did that. I imposed my will on the defensive end.”
Brogdon acknowledged having some nerves in his first game. He said the biggest adjustment to playing professionally is the tempo.
The 23-year-old said the Bucks are looking for him to bring leadership and experience to the summer league.
“They want me to lead,” Brogdon said. “They want me to be vocal. They want me to have us to have guys in the right spots. They want me imposing my will on the defensive end. I think that’s huge. Other than that, they want me making open shots and making sure we win. I think winning games is my biggest asset, knowing how to win.”
The Bucks continue their opening-round games of the summer league against the D-League Select Team on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (ET).