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The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1952–53 NBA season, to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. The winner receives the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, which is named in honor of the Philadelphia Warriors head coach who led the team to the 1946–47 NBA Championship. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player(s) with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.[1]

The most recent winner of the award was Derrick Rose. Twelve of the Rookie of the Year winners have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) during their careers; Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld both accomplished the feat in the same season. Nineteen of the forty two non-active Rookie of the Year winners have been elected to the 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 as well as Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–00 season.[2] Tim Duncan of the United States Virgin Islands, Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, and Pau Gasol of Spain are the only three winners who were not born in the United States. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an international player by the NBA because he was not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C.[3]



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 preparing to dunk the 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.
LeBron James preparing to shoot a free throw
LeBron James won the award in the 2003–04 NBA season.
^ Denotes player who is still active
* Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
DP # Draft pick number
DY Draft year
T Territorial pick
Season Player Position Nationality Team DP # DY
1952–53 Meineke, DonDon Meineke Forward/Center  United States Fort Wayne Pistons 35 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/Center  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*[a] Center  United States Philadelphia Warriors T 1959
1960–61 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals 1 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*[b] Forward/Center  United States Cincinnati Royals T 1962[b]
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*[a] Center/Forward  United States Baltimore Bullets 2 1968
1969–70 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor* Center  United States Milwaukee Bucks 1 1969
1970–71[g] Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* Center/Forward  United States Boston Celtics 4 1970
1970–71[g] 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*[c] Forward  United States Boston Celtics 6 1978[c]
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[d] 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*[e] Center  United States San Antonio Spurs 1 1987[e]
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[g] Hill, GrantGrant Hill^ Forward/Guard  United States Detroit Pistons 3 1994
1994–95[g] 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[f] San Antonio Spurs 1 1997
1998–99 Carter, VinceVince Carter^ Guard/Forward  United States Toronto Raptors 5 1998
1999–00[g] Brand, EltonElton Brand^ Forward  United States Chicago Bulls 1 1999
1999–00[g] 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  Spain Memphis Grizzlies 3 2001
2002–03 Stoudemire, AmareAmare 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/Guard  United States Seattle SuperSonics 2 2007
2008–09 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose^ Guard  United States Chicago Bulls 1 2008


  • a  Won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in same year.
  • 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 didn't fall through. His rookie season with the Royals began in the 1963–64 season.[4]
  • c  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.[5]
  • d  Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaica, but had become a naturalized United States citizen while at Georgetown.[6] He represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[7]
  • e  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.[8] His rookie season with the Spurs began in the 1989–90 season.[9]
  • f  Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[10] he was able to play for the U.S. internationally.[11]
  • g  Denotes seasons in which joint winners were named

See also


  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. ^ "Bargnani becomes first European top NBA draft pick". People's Daily Online. June 29, 2006. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Jerry Lucas Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Larry Bird Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ 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". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  7. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: E". USA Basketball. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  8. ^ Dave Anderson (May 18, 1987). "Sports of the Times; The Robinson Plot Thickens". The New York Times. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  9. ^ "David Robinson". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 20, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. Retrieved August 12, 2008. 
  11. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: D". USA Basketball. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 

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