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.

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 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. 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.

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 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.


head shot of Larry Bird
Larry Bird won the award in the 1979–80 NBA season.
Michael Jordan holding a 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.
Pau Gasol boxing-out for a rebound.
Pau Gasol won the award in the 2001–02 NBA season.
LeBron James preparing to shoot a free throw
LeBron James won the award in the 2003–04 NBA season.
Kevin Durant at ARCO Arena
Kevin Durant won the award in the 2007–08 NBA season.
Derrick Rose 2
Derrick Rose won the award in the 2008–09 NBA season.
Luka Dončić
Luka Dončić won the award in the 2018–19 NBA season.

Unofficial winners

Prior to the 1952–53 season, the Rookie of the Year was selected by newspaper writers; 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.

See also


  • "Rookie of the Year Award". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
  • "Rookie of the Year Award Winners". Archived from the original on March 7, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2008.

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