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.

National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year Award (ROY)
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Given forBest first year player in regular season of the National Basketball Association
First award1952–53
Most recentJa Morant
Memphis Grizzlies

The winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters,[1] 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.[2]

The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Ja Morant. Twenty-one 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. 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.[3] 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.[4]

Patrick Ewing of Jamaica,[5] 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.


Larry Bird won the award in the 1979–80 NBA season.
Michael Jordan won the award in the 1984–85 NBA season.
Allen Iverson won the award in the 1996–97 NBA season.
Pau Gasol won the award in the 2001–02 NBA season.
LeBron James won the award in the 2003–04 NBA season.
Kevin Durant won the award in the 2007–08 NBA season.
Derrick Rose won the award in the 2008–09 NBA season.
Luka Dončić won the award in the 2018–19 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 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   Dominican Republic[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
2019–20 Ja Morant^ Guard   United States Memphis Grizzlies 2 2019

Unofficial winnersEdit

Prior to the 1952–53 season, the Rookie of the Year was selected by newspaper writers;[18] 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.[18][19][20]

Season Player Position Nationality Team DP # DY
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

See alsoEdit


  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.[6]
  3. ^ a b c d 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.[7]
  5. ^ Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaica, but had become a naturalized United States citizen while playing college basketball at Georgetown.[8] He represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[9]
  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.[10] His rookie season with the Spurs began in the 1989–90 season.[11]
  7. ^ Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[12] he was able to play for the U.S. internationally. He represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics[13]
  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.[14]
  9. ^ Karl-Anthony Towns was born and raised in the United States to an American father and a Dominican mother.[15] He has represented the Dominican Republic internationally since 2012.[16]
  10. ^ 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.[17]


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