|League||National Basketball Association|
|Awarded for||Best first year player in regular season of the National Basketball Association|
|Most recent||Paolo Banchero|
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. Since the 2022–23 NBA season, winners receive the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy, named after the former Rookie of the Year winner.
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 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league and its players' union, which takes effect with the 2023–24 season, introduces a requirement that a player appear in at least 65 regular-season games to be eligible for most major regular-season awards. However, this rule does not apply to the Rookie of the Year award and the All-Rookie Team.
The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic. Twenty-two winners were drafted first overall. Sixteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers with Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season. Thirty of the 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 entirely outside the United States.
Chamberlain (Harlem Globetrotters), Gasol (FC Barcelona of Liga ACB and EuroLeague), Dončić (Real Madrid of Liga ACB and EuroLeague), and LaMelo Ball (BC Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League, the Los Angeles Ballers of the JBA, and the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL) all had professional careers outside the NBA prior to being drafted. Ball also had previously won the NBL Rookie of the Year Award.
|^||Denotes player who is still active in the NBA|
|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
|†||Denotes unanimous winners|
|DP #||Draft pick number|
|Season||Player||Position||Nationality||Team||School/Prior Experience||DP #||DY|
|1952–53||Don Meineke||Forward/center||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Dayton||12||1952|
|1953–54||Ray Felix||Center||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Long Island||1||1953|
|1954–55||Bob Pettit*||Forward/center||United States||Milwaukee Hawks||LSU||2||1954|
|1955–56||Maurice Stokes*||Forward/center||United States||Rochester Royals||Saint Francis (PA)||2||1955|
|1956–57||Tom Heinsohn*||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics||Holy Cross||T||1956|
|1957–58||Woody Sauldsberry||Forward/center||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Texas Southern||60||1957|
|1958–59||Elgin Baylor*||Forward||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Seattle||1||1958|
|1959–60||Wilt Chamberlain*[a]||Center||United States||Philadelphia Warriors (2)||Kansas, Harlem Globetrotters||T||1959|
|1960–61||Oscar Robertson*||Guard||United States||Cincinnati Royals (2)||Cincinnati||1/T||1960|
|1961–62||Walt Bellamy*||Center||United States||Chicago Packers (2)||Indiana||1||1961|
|1962–63||Terry Dischinger||Forward/guard||United States||Chicago Zephyrs (3)||Purdue||8||1962|
|1963–64||Jerry Lucas*[b]||Forward/center||United States||Cincinnati Royals (3)||Ohio State||T||1962[b]|
|1964–65||Willis Reed*||Center/forward||United States||New York Knicks||Grambling||8||1964|
|1965–66||Rick Barry*||Forward||United States||San Francisco Warriors (3)||Miami (FL)||2||1965|
|1966–67||Dave Bing*||Guard||United States||Detroit Pistons (2)||Syracuse||2||1966|
|1967–68||Earl Monroe*||Guard||United States||Baltimore Bullets (4)||Winston-Salem State||2||1967|
|1968–69||Wes Unseld*[a]||Center/forward||United States||Baltimore Bullets (5)||Louisville||2||1968|
|1969–70||Lew Alcindor*||Center||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||UCLA||1||1969|
|1970–71[c]||Dave Cowens*||Center/forward||United States||Boston Celtics (2)||Florida State||4||1970|
|Geoff Petrie||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Princeton||8||1970|
|1971–72||Sidney Wicks||Forward/center||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (2)||UCLA||2||1971|
|1972–73||Bob McAdoo*||Center/forward||United States||Buffalo Braves||North Carolina (Jr.)||2||1972|
|1973–74||Ernie DiGregorio||Guard||United States||Buffalo Braves (2)||Providence (Sr.)||3||1973|
|1974–75||Jamaal Wilkes*||Forward/guard||United States||Golden State Warriors (4)||UCLA (Sr.)||11||1974|
|1975–76||Alvan Adams||Center/forward||United States||Phoenix Suns||Oklahoma (Jr.)||4||1975|
|1976–77||Adrian Dantley*||Forward/guard||United States||Buffalo Braves (3)||Notre Dame (Jr.)||6||1976|
|1977–78||Walter Davis||Guard/forward||United States||Phoenix Suns (2)||North Carolina (Sr.)||5||1977|
|1978–79||Phil Ford||Guard||United States||Kansas City Kings (4)||North Carolina (Sr.)||2||1978|
|1979–80||Larry Bird*[d]||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics (3)||Indiana State (Jr.)||6||1978[d]|
|1980–81||Darrell Griffith||Guard||United States||Utah Jazz||Louisville (Sr.)||2||1980|
|1981–82||Buck Williams||Forward/center||United States||New Jersey Nets||Maryland (Jr.)||3||1981|
|1982–83||Terry Cummings||Forward||United States||San Diego Clippers (4)||DePaul (Jr.)||2||1982|
|1983–84||Ralph Sampson*†||Center/forward||United States||Houston Rockets||Virginia (Sr.)||1||1983|
|1984–85||Michael Jordan*||Guard||United States||Chicago Bulls||North Carolina (Jr.)||3||1984|
|1985–86||Patrick Ewing*||Center||United States[e]||New York Knicks (2)||Georgetown (Sr.)||1||1985|
|1986–87||Chuck Person||Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers||Auburn (Sr.)||4||1986|
|1987–88||Mark Jackson||Guard||United States||New York Knicks (3)||St. John's (Sr.)||18||1987|
|1988–89||Mitch Richmond*||Guard||United States||Golden State Warriors (5)||Kansas State (Sr.)||5||1988|
|1989–90||David Robinson*†[f]||Center||United States||San Antonio Spurs||Navy (Sr.)||1||1987[f]|
|1990–91||Derrick Coleman||Forward||United States||New Jersey Nets (2)||Syracuse (Sr.)||1||1990|
|1991–92||Larry Johnson||Forward||United States||Charlotte Hornets||UNLV (Sr.)||1||1991|
|1992–93||Shaquille O'Neal*||Center||United States||Orlando Magic||LSU (Jr.)||1||1992|
|1993–94||Chris Webber*||Forward/center||United States||Golden State Warriors (6)||Michigan (So.)||1||1993|
|1994–95[c]||Grant Hill*||Forward/guard||United States||Detroit Pistons (3)||Duke (Sr.)||3||1994|
|Jason Kidd*||Guard||United States||Dallas Mavericks||California (So.)||2||1994|
|1995–96||Damon Stoudamire||Guard||United States||Toronto Raptors||Arizona (Sr.)||7||1995|
|1996–97||Allen Iverson*||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Georgetown (So.)||1||1996|
|1997–98||Tim Duncan*||Forward/center||United States[g]||San Antonio Spurs (2)||Wake Forest (Sr.)||1||1997|
|1998–99||Vince Carter||Guard/forward||United States||Toronto Raptors (2)||North Carolina (Jr.)||5||1998|
|1999–00[c]||Elton Brand||Forward||United States||Chicago Bulls (2)||Duke (So.)||1||1999|
|Steve Francis||Guard||United States||Houston Rockets (2)||Maryland (Jr.)||2||1999|
|2000–01||Mike Miller||Forward/guard||United States||Orlando Magic (2)||Florida (So.)||5||2000|
|2001–02||Pau Gasol*||Forward/center||Spain||Memphis Grizzlies||FC Barcelona (Spain)||3||2001|
|2002–03||Amar'e Stoudemire||Forward/center||United States||Phoenix Suns (3)||Cypress Creek HS (Orlando, Florida)||9||2002|
|2003–04||LeBron James^||Forward||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio)||1||2003|
|2004–05||Emeka Okafor||Center/forward||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (2)||Connecticut (Jr.)||2||2004|
|2005–06||Chris Paul^||Guard||United States||New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets||Wake Forest (So.)||4||2005|
|2006–07||Brandon Roy||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (3)||Washington (Sr.)||6||2006|
|2007–08||Kevin Durant^||Forward||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Texas (Fr.)||2||2007|
|2008–09||Derrick Rose^||Guard||United States||Chicago Bulls (3)||Memphis (Fr.)||1||2008|
|2009–10||Tyreke Evans||Guard/forward||United States||Sacramento Kings (5)||Memphis (Fr.)||4||2009|
|2010–11||Blake Griffin^†[h]||Forward||United States||Los Angeles Clippers (5)||Oklahoma (So.)||1||2009[h]|
|2011–12||Kyrie Irving^||Guard||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers (2)||Duke (Fr.)||1||2011|
|2012–13||Damian Lillard^†||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (4)||Weber St. (Jr.)||6||2012|
|2013–14||Michael Carter-Williams^||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers (2)||Syracuse (So.)||11||2013|
|2014–15||Andrew Wiggins^||Forward/guard||Canada||Minnesota Timberwolves||Kansas (Fr.)||1||2014|
|2015–16||Karl-Anthony Towns^†||Center||Dominican Republic[i]||Minnesota Timberwolves (2)||Kentucky (Fr.)||1||2015|
|2016–17||Malcolm Brogdon^||Guard||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (2)||Virginia (Sr.)||36||2016|
|2017–18||Ben Simmons^||Forward/guard||Australia||Philadelphia 76ers (3)||LSU (Fr.)||1||2016[j]|
|2018–19||Luka Dončić^||Guard/forward||Slovenia||Dallas Mavericks (2)||Real Madrid (Spain)||3||2018|
|2019–20||Ja Morant^||Guard||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (2)||Murray State (So.)||2||2019|
|2020–21||LaMelo Ball^||Guard||United States||Charlotte Hornets (3)||Illawarra Hawks (Australia)||3||2020|
|2021–22||Scottie Barnes^||Forward||United States||Toronto Raptors (3)||Florida State (Fr.)||4||2021|
|2022–23||Paolo Banchero^||Forward||United States||Orlando Magic (3)||Duke (Fr.)||1||2022|
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|
|6||Golden State Warriors / San Francisco Warriors / Philadelphia Warriors||Woody Sauldsberry, Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Jamaal Wilkes, Mitch Richmond, Chris Webber||1958 (as Philadelphia)|
1960 (as Philadelphia)
1966 (as San Francisco)
1975, 1989, 1994
|5||Sacramento Kings / Kansas City Kings / Cincinnati Royals / Rochester Royals||Maurice Stokes, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Phil Ford, Tyreke Evans||1956 (as Rochester)|
1961 (as Cincinnati)
1964 (as Cincinnati)
1979 (as Kansas City) 2010
|Los Angeles Clippers / San Diego Clippers / Buffalo Braves||Bob McAdoo, Ernie DiGregorio, Adrian Dantley, Terry Cummings, Blake Griffin||1973 (as Buffalo)|
1974 (as Buffalo)
1977 (as Buffalo)
1983 (as San Diego) 2011
|4||Portland Trail Blazers||Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, Brandon Roy, Damian Lillard||1971, 1972, 2007, 2013|
|Washington Wizards / Baltimore Bullets / Chicago Zephyrs / Chicago Packers||Walt Bellamy, Terry Dischinger, Earl Monroe, Wes Unseld||1962 (as Chicago Packers)|
1963 (as Chicago Zephyrs)
1968, 1969 (as Baltimore)
|3||Detroit Pistons / Fort Wayne Pistons||Don Meineke, Dave Bing, Grant Hill||1953 (as Fort Wayne), 1967, 1995|
|Boston Celtics||Tom Heinsohn, Dave Cowens, Larry Bird||1957, 1971, 1980|
|New York Knicks||Willis Reed, Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson||1965, 1986, 1988|
|Phoenix Suns||Alvan Adams, Walter Davis, Amar'e Stoudemire||1976, 1978, 2003|
|Chicago Bulls||Michael Jordan, Elton Brand, Derrick Rose||1985, 2000, 2009|
|Charlotte Hornets / Charlotte Bobcats||Larry Johnson, Emeka Okafor, LaMelo Ball||1992, 2005 (as Charlotte Bobcats) 2021|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Allen Iverson, Michael Carter-Williams, Ben Simmons||1997, 2014, 2018|
|Toronto Raptors||Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Scottie Barnes||1996, 1999, 2022|
|Orlando Magic||Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Miller, Paolo Banchero||1993, 2001, 2023|
|2||Milwaukee Bucks||Lew Alcindor, Malcolm Brogdon||1970, 2017|
|Brooklyn Nets / New Jersey Nets||Buck Williams, Derrick Coleman||1982 (as New Jersey), 1991 (as New Jersey)|
|Houston Rockets||Ralph Sampson, Steve Francis||1984, 2000|
|San Antonio Spurs||David Robinson, Tim Duncan||1990, 1998|
|Dallas Mavericks||Jason Kidd, Luka Dončić||1995, 2019|
|Memphis Grizzlies||Pau Gasol, Ja Morant||2002, 2020|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||LeBron James, Kyrie Irving||2004, 2012|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns||2015, 2016|
|1||Atlanta Hawks / Milwaukee Hawks||Bob Pettit||1955 (as Milwaukee)|
|Los Angeles Lakers / Minneapolis Lakers||Elgin Baylor||1959 (as Minneapolis)|
|Utah Jazz||Darrell Griffith||1981|
|Indiana Pacers||Chuck Person||1987|
|New Orleans Pelicans / Oklahoma City Hornets||Chris Paul||2006 (as New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets)|
|Oklahoma City Thunder / Seattle SuperSonics||Kevin Durant||2008 (as Seattle)|
|Baltimore Bullets||Ray Felix||1954|
- NBA G League Rookie of the Year Award
- NBA Rookie of the Month Award
- NBL (United States) Rookie of the Year Award
- List of NBA regular season records
- 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 and 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.
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