№22: The 72 recipients of the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award (The Eddie Gottlieb Trophy)

June 10, 2021

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This week’s Stats Spotlight zeros in on the one individual accolade that a player can only win once in their career—The National Basketball Association’s Rookie of the Year (ROY) award. Named after former Philadelphia Warriors head coach, the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy has been handed out to deserving first-year players since the end of the 1952-1953 NBA season.

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Welcome to Stats Spotlight! Inspired by the writings of the late Zander Hollander (Sportswriter, archivist, and author of the ever informative The Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball), I decided to put my 30 years of basketball knowledge to some use and come up with a short, free flowing, and non-linear/viewpoint narrative on the featured player, team, hobby, or statistical insight.

The 72 recipients of the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award (The Eddie Gottlieb Trophy)

Legend:

  • - Denotes active player.

  • ⍿ - Denotes Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Notable Notes:

  1. There have been three occasions in NBA history wherein co-Rookie of the Year awardees were named: 1970-1971 (Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie); 1994-1995 (Grant Hill and Jason Kidd); and 1999-2000 (Elton Brand and Steve Francis).

  2. Of the 72 recipients, 14 are still active players in the NBA.

69) 2020-2021- TBA

68) 2019-2020 - Ja Morant ⦁

67) 2018-2019 - Luka Dončić ⦁ - (2018-2019 Panini Court Kings Basketball | Fresh Paint #FP-LDC [062/199]) 

66) 2017-2018 - Ben Simmons ⦁

65) 2016-2017 - Malcolm Brogdon ⦁

64) 2015-2016 - Karl-Anthony Towns⦁

63) 2014-2015 - Andrew Wiggins ⦁

62) 2013-2014 - Michael Carter-Williams ⦁

61) 2012-2013 - Damian Lillard ⦁

60) 2011-2012 - Kyrie Irving ⦁

59) 2010-2011 - Blake Griffin ⦁

58) 2009-2010 - Tyreke Evans

57) 2008-2009 - Derrick Rose ⦁

56) 2007-2008 - Kevin Durant ⦁

55) 2006-2007 - Brandon Roy

54) 2005-2006 - Chris Paul ⦁

53) 2004-2005 - Emeka Okafor

52) 2003-2004 - LeBron James

51) 2002-2003 - Amar’e Stoudemire

50) 2001-2002 - Pau Gasol

49) 2000-2001 - Mike Miller

—) 1999-2000 - Elton Brand

48) 1999-2000 - Steve Francis

47) 1998-1999 - Vince Carter

46) 1997-1998 - Tim Duncan ⍿

45) 1996-1997 - Allen Iverson ⍿

44) 1995-1996 - Damon Stoudamire

—) 1994-1995 - Grant Hill ⍿

43) 1994-1995 - Jason Kidd ⍿

42) 1993-1994 - Chris Webber ⍿

41) 1992-1993 - Shaquille O’Neal ⍿

40) 1991-1992 - Larry Johnson

39) 1990-1991 - Derrick Coleman

38) 1989-1990 - David Robinson ⍿

37) 1988-1989 - Mitch Richmond ⍿

36) 1987-1988 - Mark Jackson

35) 1986-1987 - Chuck Person

34) 1985-1986 - Patrick Ewing ⍿

33) 1984-1985 - Michael Jordan ⍿

32) 1983-1984 - Ralph Sampson ⍿

31) 1982-1983 - Terry Cummings

30) 1981-1982 - Buck Williams

29) 1980-1981 - Darrell Griffith

28) 1979-1980 - Larry Joe Bird - (2015-2016 Panini Luxe Red [02/25])

27) 1978-1979 - Phil Ford

26) 1977-1978 - Walter Davis

25) 1976-1977 - Adrian Dantley ⍿

24) 1975-1976 - Alvan Adams

23) 1974-1975 - Jamaal Wilkes ⍿

22) 1973-1974 - Ernie DiGregorio

21) 1972-1973 - Bob McAdoo ⍿ - (2019-20 Panini National Treasures - Peerless Signatures #PS-BMD [41/99])

20) 1971-1972 - Sidney Wicks

—) 1970-1971 - Dave Cowens - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #DC)

19) 1970-1971 - Geoff Petrie

18) 1969-1970 - Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ⍿ - (2002-2003 Upper Deck Generations Signature Classics #KA-S)

17) 1968-1969 - Wes Unseld (†) - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #WU)

16) 1967-1968 - Earl Monroe ⍿ - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #EM)

15) 1966-1967 - Dave Bing - (1978-1979 Topps #61 [Boston Celtics] | PSA/DNA Certified)

14) 1965-1966 - Rick Barry - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #RB)

13) 1964-1965 - Willis Reed ⍿ - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #WR)

12) 1963-1964 - Jerry Lucas ⍿ - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #JL)

11) 1962-1963 - Terry Dischinger

10) 1961-1962 - Walt Bellamy (†)

9) 1960-1961 - Oscar Robertson ⍿ - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #OR)

8) 1959-1960 - Wilt Chamberlain (†) ⍿

7) 1958-1959 - Elgin Baylor (†) ⍿ - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #EB)

6) 1957-1958 - Woody Sauldsberry (†) 

5) 1956-1957 - Tommy Heinsohn (†) - (2019-20 Panini National Treasures - Peerless Signatures #PS-THS [79/99])

4) 1955-1956 - Maurice Stokes (†) 

3) 1954-1955 - Bob Pettit ⍿ - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #BP)

2) 1953-1954 - Ray Felix (†) 

1) 1952-1953 - Don Meineke (†) 


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