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NBA Rookie of the Year Award


NBA Rookie of the Year Award

National Basketball Association awards and honors
Individual awards

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 US and Canadian sportswriters, 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.[1]

The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Andrew Wiggins. Twenty winners were drafted first overall. Fourteen 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 1999–00 season.[2] Four players won the award unanimously (by capturing all of the first-place votes)—Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin and Damian Lillard.[3]

Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Tim Duncan of the United States Virgin Islands,[4] Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving of Australia and Andrew Wiggins of Canada are the only winners not born in the United States. Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Duncan played college basketball at Wake Forest, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, and Wiggins moved to the U.S. as a junior in high school; Gasol is the only winner trained totally outside the U.S..


  • Winners 1
  • Unofficial winners 2
  • Notes 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Wilt Chamberlain holding a basketball
Wilt Chamberlain won the award in the 1959–60 NBA season.

head shot of Larry Bird
Larry Bird won the award in the 1979–80 NBA season.

Michael Jordan holding a basketball
Michael Jordan won the award in the 1984–85 NBA season.

Allen Iverson at a post-game interview
Allen Iverson won the award in the 1996–97 NBA season.

Pau Gasol boxing-out for a rebound.
Pau Gasol won the award in the 2001–02 NBA season.

LeBron James preparing to shoot a free throw
LeBron James won the award in the 2003–04 NBA season.

Kevin Durant at ARCO Arena
Kevin Durant won the award in the 2007–08 NBA season.

Derrick Rose 2
Derrick Rose won the award in the 2008–09 NBA season.

^ 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
DY Draft year
T Territorial pick
Rookie of the Year
Season Player Position Nationality Team DP # DY
1952–53 Meineke, DonDon Meineke Forward/Center  United States Fort Wayne Pistons 12 1952
1953–54 Felix, RayRay Felix Center  United States Baltimore Bullets 1 1953
1954–55 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* Forward/Center  United States Milwaukee Hawks 2 1954
1955–56 Stokes, MauriceMaurice Stokes* Forward/Center  United States Rochester Royals 2 1955
1956–57 Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn* Forward  United States Boston Celtics T 1956
1957–58 Sauldsberry, WoodyWoody Sauldsberry Forward/Center  United States Philadelphia Warriors 60 1957
1958–59 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Forward  United States Minneapolis Lakers 1 1958
1959–60 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain*[1] Center  United States Philadelphia Warriors T 1959
1960–61 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals 1/T 1960
1961–62 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy* Center  United States Chicago Packers 1 1961
1962–63 Dischinger, TerryTerry Dischinger Forward/Guard  United States Chicago Zephyrs 8 1962
1963–64 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas*[2] Forward/Center  United States Cincinnati Royals T 1962[2]
1964–65 Reed, WillisWillis Reed* Center/Forward  United States New York Knicks 8 1964
1965–66 Barry, RickRick Barry* Forward  United States San Francisco Warriors 2 1965
1966–67 Bing, DaveDave Bing* Guard  United States Detroit Pistons 2 1966
1967–68 Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe* Guard  United States Baltimore Bullets 2 1967
1968–69 Unseld, WesWes Unseld*[1] Center/Forward  United States Baltimore Bullets 2 1968
1969–70 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor* Center  United States Milwaukee Bucks 1 1969
1970–71[3] Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* Center/Forward  United States Boston Celtics 4 1970
1970–71[3] Petrie, GeoffGeoff Petrie Guard  United States Portland Trail Blazers 8 1970
1971–72 Wicks, SidneySidney Wicks Forward/Center  United States Portland Trail Blazers 2 1971
1972–73 McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo* Center/Forward  United States Buffalo Braves 2 1972
1973–74 DiGregorio, ErnieErnie DiGregorio Guard  United States Buffalo Braves 3 1973
1974–75 Wilkes, JamaalJamaal Wilkes* Forward/Guard  United States Golden State Warriors 11 1974
1975–76 Adams, AlvanAlvan Adams Center/Forward  United States Phoenix Suns 4 1975
1976–77 Dantley, AdrianAdrian Dantley* Forward/Guard  United States Buffalo Braves 6 1976
1977–78 Davis, WalterWalter Davis Guard/Forward  United States Phoenix Suns 5 1977
1978–79 Ford, PhilPhil Ford Guard  United States Kansas City Kings 2 1978
1979–80 Bird, LarryLarry Bird*[4] Forward  United States Boston Celtics 6 1978[4]
1980–81 Griffith, DarrellDarrell Griffith Guard  United States Utah Jazz 2 1980
1981–82 Williams, BuckBuck Williams Forward/Center  United States New Jersey Nets 3 1981
1982–83 Cummings, TerryTerry Cummings Forward  United States San Diego Clippers 2 1982
1983–84 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson* Center/Forward  United States Houston Rockets 1 1983
1984–85 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Guard  United States Chicago Bulls 3 1984
1985–86 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* Center  United States[5] New York Knicks 1 1985
1986–87 Person, ChuckChuck Person Forward  United States Indiana Pacers 4 1986
1987–88 Jackson, MarkMark Jackson Guard  United States New York Knicks 18 1987
1988–89 Richmond, MitchMitch Richmond* Guard  United States Golden State Warriors 5 1988
1989–90 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson*[6] Center  United States San Antonio Spurs 1 1987[6]
1990–91 Coleman, DerrickDerrick Coleman Forward  United States New Jersey Nets 1 1990
1991–92 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson Forward  United States Charlotte Hornets 1 1991
1992–93 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Center  United States Orlando Magic 1 1992
1993–94 Webber, ChrisChris Webber Forward/Center  United States Golden State Warriors 1 1993
1994–95[3] Hill, GrantGrant Hill Forward/Guard  United States Detroit Pistons 3 1994
1994–95[3] Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Guard  United States Dallas Mavericks 2 1994
1995–96 Stoudamire, DamonDamon Stoudamire Guard  United States Toronto Raptors 7 1995
1996–97 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers 1 1996
1997–98 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ Forward/Center  United States[7] San Antonio Spurs 1 1997
1998–99 Carter, VinceVince Carter^ Guard/Forward  United States Toronto Raptors 5 1998
1999–00[3] Brand, EltonElton Brand Forward  United States Chicago Bulls 1 1999
1999–00[3] Francis, SteveSteve Francis Guard  United States Houston Rockets 2 1999
2000–01 Miller, MikeMike Miller^ Forward  United States Orlando Magic 5 2000
2001–02 Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ Forward/Center  Spain Memphis Grizzlies 3 2001
2002–03 Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar'e Stoudemire^ Forward/Center  United States Phoenix Suns 9 2002
2003–04 James, LeBronLeBron James^ Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2003
2004–05 Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor Forward/Center  United States Charlotte Bobcats 2 2004
2005–06 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ Guard  United States New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 4 2005
2006–07 Roy, BrandonBrandon Roy Guard  United States Portland Trail Blazers 6 2006
2007–08 Durant, KevinKevin Durant^ Forward  United States Seattle SuperSonics 2 2007
2008–09 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose^ Guard  United States Chicago Bulls 1 2008
2009–10 Evans, TyrekeTyreke Evans^ Guard  United States Sacramento Kings 4 2009
2010–11 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin^[8] Forward  United States Los Angeles Clippers 1 2009[8]
2011–12 Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving^ Guard  United States Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2011
2012–13 Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard^ Guard  United States Portland Trail Blazers 6 2012
2013–14 Carter-Williams, MichaelMichael Carter-Williams^ Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers 11 2013
2014–15 Wiggins, AndrewAndrew Wiggins^ Forward/Guard  Canada Minnesota Timberwolves 1 2014

Unofficial winners

Prior to the 1952–53 season, the Rookie of the Year was selected by newspaper writers;[14] 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.[14][15][16]

Season Player Position Nationality Team DP # DY
1947–48 Hoffman, PaulPaul Hoffman Guard/Forward  United States Baltimore Bullets 1947
1948–49 Shannon, HowieHowie Shannon Guard/Forward  United States Providence Steamrollers 1 1949
1949–50 Groza, AlexAlex Groza Center  United States Indianapolis Olympians 2 1949
1950–51 Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin* Forward/Guard  United States Philadelphia Warriors T 1950
1951–52[3] Tosheff, BillBill Tosheff Guard  United States Indianapolis Olympians 32 1951
1951–52[3] Hutchins, MelMel Hutchins Forward/Center  United States Milwaukee Hawks 2 1951


  1. ^ a b Won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in same year.
  2. ^ a b 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.[5]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Denotes seasons in which joint winners were named
  4. ^ a b 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.[6]
  5. ^ Patrick Ewing was born in [8].1984 Summer Olympics at the United States He represented the [7]
  6. ^ a b 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.[9] His rookie season with the Spurs began in the 1989–90 season.[10]
  7. ^ Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[11] he was able to play for the U.S. internationally. He represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics[12]
  8. ^ a b 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.[13]

See also


  • "Rookie of the Year Award". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved April 27, 2007. 
  • "Rookie of the Year Award Winners". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  1. ^ "Trail Blazers’ Brandon Roy Named 2006-07 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Brand, Francis named NBA co-rookies of the year". CBC Sports. November 10, 2000. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Damian Lillard named top rookie". ESPN Internet Ventures. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bargnani becomes first European top NBA draft pick". People's Daily Online. June 29, 2006. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Jerry Lucas Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Larry Bird Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  7. ^ Ralph Wiley (January 7, 1985). "The Master Of The Key: After years of relying on others to unlock doors for him, Georgetown's center Patrick Ewing will soon go off on his own".  
  8. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: E". USA Basketball. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  9. ^ Dave Anderson (May 18, 1987). "Sports of the Times; The Robinson Plot Thickens".  
  10. ^ "David Robinson". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 20, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Virgin Islands".  
  12. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: D". USA Basketball. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Griffin's rookie season lost to injury". January 13, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Friedman, David (March 2, 2009). "Bill Tosheff: NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and Tireless Advocate for the "Pre-1965ers". 20 Second Timeout. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ Goldstein, Allan (October 30, 1994). "NBA forgot it honored Hoffman". The Baltimore Sun (Tribune Company). Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ Sachare, Alex (1994). The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. New York:  
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