Week 18 NBA Rookie of the Year race: Saric overtakes Embiid as No. 1

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The Philadelphia 76ers rookie will be shut down for the rest of the year after an MRI showed a significant tear in his meniscus.
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USA TODAY Sports’ top three candidates for the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year award (from Sunday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, March 4).

Also receiving votes: Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray, Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield

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3. Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks

Season statistics: 9.9 points, 4.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 44.6% shooting

Brogdon continued his solid rookie campaign this week, scoring in double figures in all five of Milwaukee’s games (three wins, two losses). He averaged 16.2 points (on 50.8% shooting), 3.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and in Saturday’s win over the Raptors, he played a career-high 42 minutes.

“I think he should be Rookie of the Year,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd told reporters before the…

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