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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 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 Statesmarker and Canadamarker, 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.

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 Famemarker. 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. Tim Duncan of the United States Virgin Islandsmarker, Patrick Ewing of Jamaicamarker, and Pau Gasol of Spainmarker 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.marker

Winners

^ Denotes player who is still active
* Elected to the Basketball Hall of Famemarker
DP # Draft pick number
DY Draft year
T Territorial pick


Season Player Position Nationality Team DP # DY
Forward/Center Fort Wayne Pistons 1952
Center Baltimore Bullets 1953
* Forward/Center Milwaukee Hawks 1954
* Forward/Center Rochester Royals 1955
* Forward/Center Boston Celtics 1956
Forward/Center Philadelphia Warriors 1957
* Forward Minneapolis Lakers 1958
* Center Philadelphia Warriors 1959
* Guard Cincinnati Royals 1960
* Center Chicago Packers 1961
Forward/Guard Chicago Zephyrs 1962
* Forward/Center Cincinnati Royals 1962
* Center/Forward New York Knicks 1964
* Forward San Francisco Warriors 1965
* Guard Detroit Pistons 1966
* Guard Baltimore Bullets 1967
* Center/Forward Baltimore Bullets 1968
* Center Milwaukee Bucks 1969
* Center/Forward Boston Celtics 1970
Guard Portland Trail Blazers 1970
Forward/Center Portland Trail Blazers 1971
* Center/Forward Buffalo Braves 1972
Guard Buffalo Braves 1973
Forward/Guard Golden State Warriors 1974
Center/Forward Phoenix Suns 1975
* Forward/Guard Buffalo Braves 1976
Guard/Forward Phoenix Suns 1977
Guard Kansas City Kings 1978
* Forward Boston Celtics 1978
Guard Utah Jazz 1980
Forward/Center New Jersey Nets 1981
Forward San Diego Clippers 1982
Center/Forward Houston Rockets 1983
* Guard Chicago Bulls 1984
* Center New York Knicks 1985
Forward Indiana Pacers 1986
Guard New York Knicks 1987
Guard Golden State Warriors 1988
* Center San Antonio Spurs 1987
Forward New Jersey Nets 1990
Forward Charlotte Hornets 1991
^ Center Orlando Magic 1992
Forward/Center Golden State Warriors 1993
^ Forward/Guard Detroit Pistons 1994
^ Guard Dallas Mavericks 1994
Guard Toronto Raptors 1995
^ Guard Philadelphia 76ers 1996
^ Forward/Center San Antonio Spurs 1997
^ Guard/Forward Toronto Raptors 1998
^ Forward Chicago Bulls 1999
^ Guard Houston Rockets 1999
^ Forward Orlando Magic 2000
^ Forward Memphis Grizzlies 2001
^ Forward/Center Phoenix Suns 2002
^ Forward Cleveland Cavaliers 2003
^ Forward/Center Charlotte Bobcats 2004
^ Guard New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 2005
^ Guard Portland Trail Blazers 2006
^ Forward/Guard Seattle SuperSonics 2007
^ Guard Chicago Bulls 2008


Notes

  • Won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in same year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaicamarker, but had become a naturalized United States citizen while at Georgetownmarker. He represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • 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. His rookie season with the Spurs began in the 1989–90 season.
  • Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands, he was able to play for the U.S. internationally.
  • Denotes seasons in which joint winners were named


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