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NBA Rookie Report Cards: Grading the Class’ Top 10 So Far

Guess who’s leading all rookies in assists?

Not Kris Dunn. Not Tomas Satoransky. Not even Andrew Harrison.

Instead, it’s Malcolm Delaney. And if you don’t know who Malcolm Delaney is, chances are you’re not alone.

After going undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2011, he opted to take his talents to France over waiting out what became a lengthy lockout.

“I didn’t want to be the 15th guy on the bench making minimum money when I could go overseas and work my way up, and my goal was to try and be a millionaire by the age of 25,” Delaney told FanSided’s Colby Giacubeno.

For five years, he starred overseas before the Atlanta Hawks came calling with a two-year, $5 million offer this past summer. The 27-year-old now makes a comfortable seven-figure salary—and sports a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio—as Dennis Schroder’s primary backup in Atlanta.

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