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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 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 Rookie of the Year winner is Victor Wembanyama. Twenty-one 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 seasonGrant 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 SampsonDavid RobinsonBlake GriffinDamian 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 players are dual nationals by birth; Simmons and Wiggins 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 totally outside the U.S.


Year Name Team
1952-53 Don Meineke Fort Wayne Pistons
1953-54 Ray Felix Baltimore Bullets
1954-55 Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks
1955-56 Maurice Stokes Rochester Royals
1956-57 Tom Heinsohn Boston Celtics
1957-58 Woody Sauldsberry Philadelphia Warriors
1958-59 Elgin Baylor Minneapolis Lakers
1959-60 Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors
1960-61 Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals
1961-62 Walt Bellamy Chicago Packers
1962-63 Terry Dischinger Chicago Zephyrs
1963-64 Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals
1964-65 Willis Reed New York Knicks
1965-66 Rick Barry San Francisco Warriors
1966-67 Dave Bing Detroit Pistons
1967-68 Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets
1968-69 Wes Unseld Baltimore Bullets
1969-70 Lew Alcindor Milwaukee Bucks
1970-71 Dave Cowens Boston Celtics
1970-71 Geoff Petrie Portland Trail Blazers
1971-72 Sidney Wicks Portland Trail Blazers
1972-73 Bob McAdoo Buffalo Braves
1973-74 Ernie DiGregorio Buffalo Braves
1974-75 Jamaal Wilkes Golden State Warriors
1975-76 Alvan Adams Phoenix Suns
1976-77 Adrian Dantley Buffalo Braves
1977-78 Walter Davis Phoenix Suns
1978-79 Phil Ford Kansas City Kings
1979-80 Larry Bird Boston Celtics
1980-81 Darrell Griffith Utah Jazz
1981-82 Buck Williams New Jersey Nets
1982-83 Terry Cummings San Diego Clippers
1983-84 Ralph Sampson Houston Rockets
1984-85 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1985-86 Patrick Ewing New York Knicks
1986-87 Chuck Person Indiana Pacers
1987-88 Mark Jackson New York Knicks
1988-89 Mitch Richmond Golden State Warriors
1989-90 David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
1990-91 Derrick Coleman New Jersey Nets
1991-92 Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets
1992-93 Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic
1993-94 Chris Webber Golden State Warriors
1994-95 Grant Hill Detroit Pistons
Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks
1995-96 Damon Stoudamire Toronto Raptors
1996-97 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
1997-98 Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
1998-99 Vince Carter Toronto Raptors
1999-00 Elton Brand Chicago Bulls
Steve Francis Houston Rockets
2000-01 Mike Miller Orlando Magic
2001-02 Pau Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
2002-03 Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns
2003-04 LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
2004-05 Emeka Okafor Charlotte Bobcats
2005-06 Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets
2006-07 Brandon Roy Portland Trail Blazers
2007-08 Kevin Durant Seattle SuperSonics
2008-09 Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls
2009-10 Tyreke Evans Sacramento Kings
2010-11 Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers
2011-12 Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
2012-13 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
2013-14 Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia 76ers
2014-15 Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves
2015-16 Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
2016-17 Malcolm Brogdon Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
2018-19 Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks
2019–20 Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies
2020-21 LaMelo Ball Charlotte Hornets
2021-22 Scottie Barnes Toronto Raptors
2022-23 Paolo Banchero Orlando Magic
2023-24 Victor Wembanyama San Antonio Spurs