NBL (United States) Rookie of the Year Award
The National Basketball League Rookie of the Year Award was an annual National Basketball League (NBL) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season in each of the twelve years the league existed. The Rookie of the Year was selected by sports writers, broadcasters, coaches, and managers. Despite the dozens of teams that played in the NBL through its history, three of them collectively dominated the award's recipients. The Indianapolis Kautskys and Sheboygan Red Skins had three winners each, while the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots had two, for a combined eight of the twelve awards bestowed (66.7%).
|*||Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Team (X)||Denotes the number of times a player from this team had won at that time|
|1937–38||Robert Kessler||Forward||Indianapolis Kautskys|
|1938–39||Jewell Young||Forward||Indianapolis Kautskys (2)|
|1939–40||Ben Stephens||Guard / Forward||Akron Goodyear Wingfoots|
|1940–41||Eddie Sadowski||Guard||Indianapolis Kautskys (3)|
|1941–42||George Glamack||Forward / Center||Akron Goodyear Wingfoots (2)|
|1942–43||Ken Buehler||Forward / Center||Sheboygan Red Skins|
|1943–44||Mel Riebe||Guard / Forward||Cleveland Chase Brassmen|
|1944–45||Stan Patrick||Forward||Chicago American Gears|
|1945–46||Red Holzman*||Guard||Rochester Royals|
|1946–47||Fred Lewis||Guard / Forward||Sheboygan Red Skins (2)|
|1947–48||Mike Todorovich||Forward / Center||Sheboygan Red Skins (3)|
|1948–49||Dolph Schayes*||Center||Syracuse Nationals|
- "Mikan Breaks Records; Named Most Valuable". Chicago Daily Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. April 4, 1948. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- Associated Press (March 26, 1949). "Otten of Tri-Cities Named Top Player in National League". Chicago Daily Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- "NBL – Rookie of the Year Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- "Red Holzman". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- "Dolph Schayes". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 17, 2019.