NBA Rookie of the Year Award
The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach.
The winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first-, second-, and third-place votes (worth five points, three points, and one point, respectively). The player(s) with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.
The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Luka Dončić. Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall. Sixteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers; Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season. Nineteen of the forty-two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, and Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–2000 season. Five players won the award unanimously (by capturing all of the first-place votes)—Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons of Australia, Andrew Wiggins of Canada, and Luka Dončić of Slovenia are the only winners not born in the United States. Three of these individuals have dual nationality by birth—Wiggins and Simmons have American fathers, and both of Irving's parents are Americans. Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, and Wiggins and Simmons moved to the U.S. while in high school. Gasol and Dončić are the only winners trained totally outside the U.S.
|^||Denotes player who is still active in the NBA|
|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Denotes unanimous winners|
|DP #||Draft pick number|
|1952–53||Don Meineke||Forward/Center||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||12||1952|
|1953–54||Ray Felix||Center||United States||Baltimore Bullets||1||1953|
|1954–55||Bob Pettit*||Forward/Center||United States||Milwaukee Hawks||2||1954|
|1955–56||Maurice Stokes*||Forward/Center||United States||Rochester Royals||2||1955|
|1956–57||Tom Heinsohn*||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics||T||1956|
|1957–58||Woody Sauldsberry||Forward/Center||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||60||1957|
|1958–59||Elgin Baylor*||Forward||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||1||1958|
|1959–60||Wilt Chamberlain*[a]||Center||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||T||1959|
|1960–61||Oscar Robertson*||Guard||United States||Cincinnati Royals||1/T||1960|
|1961–62||Walt Bellamy*||Center||United States||Chicago Packers||1||1961|
|1962–63||Terry Dischinger||Forward/Guard||United States||Chicago Zephyrs||8||1962|
|1963–64||Jerry Lucas*[b]||Forward/Center||United States||Cincinnati Royals||T||1962[b]|
|1964–65||Willis Reed*||Center/Forward||United States||New York Knicks||8||1964|
|1965–66||Rick Barry*||Forward||United States||San Francisco Warriors||2||1965|
|1966–67||Dave Bing*||Guard||United States||Detroit Pistons||2||1966|
|1967–68||Earl Monroe*||Guard||United States||Baltimore Bullets||2||1967|
|1968–69||Wes Unseld*[a]||Center/Forward||United States||Baltimore Bullets||2||1968|
|1969–70||Lew Alcindor*||Center||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||1||1969|
|1970–71[c]||Dave Cowens*||Center/Forward||United States||Boston Celtics||4||1970|
|Geoff Petrie||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||8||1970|
|1971–72||Sidney Wicks||Forward/Center||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||2||1971|
|1972–73||Bob McAdoo*||Center/Forward||United States||Buffalo Braves||2||1972|
|1973–74||Ernie DiGregorio||Guard||United States||Buffalo Braves||3||1973|
|1974–75||Jamaal Wilkes*||Forward/Guard||United States||Golden State Warriors||11||1974|
|1975–76||Alvan Adams||Center/Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns||4||1975|
|1976–77||Adrian Dantley*||Forward/Guard||United States||Buffalo Braves||6||1976|
|1977–78||Walter Davis||Guard/Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns||5||1977|
|1978–79||Phil Ford||Guard||United States||Kansas City Kings||2||1978|
|1979–80||Larry Bird*[d]||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics||6||1978[d]|
|1980–81||Darrell Griffith||Guard||United States||Utah Jazz||2||1980|
|1981–82||Buck Williams||Forward/Center||United States||New Jersey Nets||3||1981|
|1982–83||Terry Cummings||Forward||United States||San Diego Clippers||2||1982|
|1983–84||Ralph Sampson*||Center/Forward||United States||Houston Rockets||1||1983|
|1984–85||Michael Jordan*||Guard||United States||Chicago Bulls||3||1984|
|1985–86||Patrick Ewing*||Center||United States[e]||New York Knicks||1||1985|
|1986–87||Chuck Person||Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers||4||1986|
|1987–88||Mark Jackson||Guard||United States||New York Knicks||18||1987|
|1988–89||Mitch Richmond*||Guard||United States||Golden State Warriors||5||1988|
|1989–90||David Robinson*[f]||Center||United States||San Antonio Spurs||1||1987[f]|
|1990–91||Derrick Coleman||Forward||United States||New Jersey Nets||1||1990|
|1991–92||Larry Johnson||Forward||United States||Charlotte Hornets||1||1991|
|1992–93||Shaquille O'Neal*||Center||United States||Orlando Magic||1||1992|
|1993–94||Chris Webber||Forward/Center||United States||Golden State Warriors||1||1993|
|1994–95[c]||Grant Hill*||Forward/Guard||United States||Detroit Pistons||3||1994|
|Jason Kidd*||Guard||United States||Dallas Mavericks||2||1994|
|1995–96||Damon Stoudamire||Guard||United States||Toronto Raptors||7||1995|
|1996–97||Allen Iverson*||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||1||1996|
|1997–98||Tim Duncan||Forward/Center||United States[g]||San Antonio Spurs||1||1997|
|1998–99||Vince Carter^||Guard/Forward||United States||Toronto Raptors||5||1998|
|1999–00[c]||Elton Brand||Forward||United States||Chicago Bulls||1||1999|
|Steve Francis||Guard||United States||Houston Rockets||2||1999|
|2000–01||Mike Miller||Forward/Guard||United States||Orlando Magic||5||2000|
|2001–02||Pau Gasol^||Forward/Center||Spain||Memphis Grizzlies||3||2001|
|2002–03||Amar'e Stoudemire||Forward/Center||United States||Phoenix Suns||9||2002|
|2003–04||LeBron James^||Forward||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||1||2003|
|2004–05||Emeka Okafor^||Center/Forward||United States||Charlotte Bobcats||2||2004|
|2005–06||Chris Paul^||Guard||United States||New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets||4||2005|
|2006–07||Brandon Roy||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||6||2006|
|2007–08||Kevin Durant^||Forward||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||2||2007|
|2008–09||Derrick Rose^||Guard||United States||Chicago Bulls||1||2008|
|2009–10||Tyreke Evans||Guard/Forward||United States||Sacramento Kings||4||2009|
|2010–11||Blake Griffin^[h]||Forward||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||1||2009[h]|
|2011–12||Kyrie Irving^||Guard||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||1||2011|
|2012–13||Damian Lillard^||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||6||2012|
|2013–14||Michael Carter-Williams^||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||11||2013|
|2014–15||Andrew Wiggins^||Forward/Guard||Canada||Minnesota Timberwolves||1||2014|
|2015–16||Karl-Anthony Towns^||Center||United States[i]||Minnesota Timberwolves||1||2015|
|2016–17||Malcolm Brogdon^||Guard||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||36||2016|
|2017–18||Ben Simmons^||Forward/Guard||Australia||Philadelphia 76ers||1||2016[j]|
|2018–19||Luka Dončić^||Guard/Forward||Slovenia||Dallas Mavericks||3||2018|
Prior to the 1952–53 season, the Rookie of the Year was selected by newspaper writers; however, the NBA does not officially recognize those players as winners. The league did publish the pre-1953 winners in their 1994–95 edition of the Official NBA Guide and the 1994 Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia, but those winners have not been listed in subsequent publications.
|1947–48||Paul Hoffman||Guard/Forward||United States||Baltimore Bullets||70||1947|
|1948–49||Howie Shannon||Guard/Forward||United States||Providence Steamrollers||1||1949|
|1949–50||Alex Groza||Center||United States||Indianapolis Olympians||2||1949|
|1950–51||Paul Arizin*||Forward/Guard||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||T||1950|
|1951–52[c]||Bill Tosheff||Guard||United States||Indianapolis Olympians||32||1951|
|Mel Hutchins||Forward/Center||United States||Milwaukee Hawks||2||1951|
- National Basketball Association portal
- NBA G League Rookie of the Year Award
- NBA Rookie of the Month Award
- NBL (United States) Rookie of the Year Award
- Won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in same year.
- Though drafted in 1962 by the Cincinnati Royals, Jerry Lucas did not sign with the team until 1963 when he tried to sign with the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League instead. He ended up sitting out the year when the deal fell through. His rookie season with the Royals began in the 1963–64 season.
- Denotes seasons in which joint winners were named
- Though drafted in 1978 by the Boston Celtics, Larry Bird, opted to stay in college for his senior year, did not play in the NBA until 1979. His rookie season with the Celtics began in the 1979–80 season.
- Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaica, but had become a naturalized United States citizen while playing college basketball at Georgetown. He represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
- Though drafted in 1987 by the San Antonio Spurs, David Robinson did not play in the NBA until 1989 due to commitments to the United States Navy. His rookie season with the Spurs began in the 1989–90 season.
- Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands, he was able to play for the U.S. internationally. He represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Though drafted in 2009 by the Los Angeles Clippers, Blake Griffin missed the entire 2009–10 season due to a knee injury. His rookie season with the Clippers was the 2010–11 season.
- Karl-Anthony Towns was born and raised in the United States to an American father and a Dominican mother. He has represented the Dominican Republic internationally since 2012.
- Though drafted in 2016 by the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons missed the entire 2016–17 season due to his broken right foot. His rookie season with the Sixers was the 2017–18 season.
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