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NBA Rookie Of The Year Betting Tips
The NBA Rookie Of The Year award is an annual award given to the player who is believed to have made the biggest impact on his team during his debut season in the National Basketball Association after being drafted.
Many leading bookmakers offer customers the chance to back the biggest rising stars in basketball for this award, with the market consistently updated throughout the entire NBA regular season.
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NBA Rookie Of The Year Betting Tips
Before betting on the NBA Rookie Of The Year market it is wise to look at the trends for this award, including when players were selected in the draft and what position they play.
Looking at draft selection first, being the first player selected in the NBA Draft is an honour, but that has not always translated into Rookie Of The Year honours too.
Since 2000, the number one draft pick has won Rookie Of The Year award on just seven occasions, and the last time that happened was when Ben Simmons claimed the honour in his first season with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018.
The winner has tended to come from the first round of the draft though. Since 1990 only one player selected in the second round of the NBA Draft has gone on to be named Rookie Of The Year 12 months later – Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2017.
They have also tended to come from the early stages of the first round, with 15 of the last 20 Rookie Of The Year winners being selected in the top five of the draft.
But what about positions? One thing we have learned over the past 20 years is that it is difficult for one of the ‘bigs’ – a center or a power forward – to win this honour. It has happened just five times over the past 20 years, although Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors did win this award in 2022.
But when it comes to position, it is the ball-handlers who have tended to claim the Rookie Of The Year award. 26 guards have won this award in its history, including Michael Jordan, with point guard leading the way with 19 successes.
Previous NBA Rookie Of The Year Winners
Winning the NBA Rookie Of The Year award has been the building block for many Hall of Fame careers.
Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and LeBron James are among a glittering list of players who have started their career by being named the best rookie from their draft class.
|1952–53||Don Meineke||Forward/Center||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1953–54||Ray Felix||Center||Baltimore Bullets|
|1954–55||Bob Pettit||Forward/Center||Milwaukee Hawks|
|1955–56||Maurice Stokes||Forward/Center||Rochester Royals|
|1956–57||Tom Heinsohn||Forward||Boston Celtics|
|1957–58||Woody Sauldsberry||Forward/Center||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1958–59||Elgin Baylor||Forward||Minneapolis Lakers|
|1959–60||Wilt Chamberlain||Center||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1960–61||Oscar Robertson||Guard||Cincinnati Royals|
|1961–62||Walt Bellamy||Center||Chicago Packers|
|1962–63||Terry Dischinger||Forward/Guard||Chicago Zephyrs|
|1963–64||Jerry Lucas||Forward/Center||Cincinnati Royals|
|1964–65||Willis Reed||Center/Forward||New York Knicks|
|1965–66||Rick Barry||Forward||San Francisco Warriors|
|1966–67||Dave Bing||Guard||Detroit Pistons|
|1967–68||Earl Monroe||Guard||Baltimore Bullets|
|1968–69||Wes Unseld||Center/Forward||Baltimore Bullets|
|1969–70||Lew Alcindor||Center||Milwaukee Bucks|
| Boston Celtics
Portland Trail Blazers
|1971–72||Sidney Wicks||Forward/Center||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1972–73||Bob McAdoo||Center/Forward||Buffalo Braves|
|1973–74||Ernie DiGregorio||Guard||Buffalo Braves|
|1974–75||Jamaal Wilkes||Forward/Guard||Golden State Warriors|
|1975–76||Alvan Adams||Center/Forward||Phoenix Suns|
|1976–77||Adrian Dantley||Forward/Guard||Buffalo Braves|
|1977–78||Walter Davis||Guard/Forward||Phoenix Suns|
|1978–79||Phil Ford||Guard||Kansas City Kings|
|1979–80||Larry Bird[d]||Forward||Boston Celtics|
|1980–81||Darrell Griffith||Guard||Utah Jazz|
|1981–82||Buck Williams||Forward/Center||New Jersey Nets|
|1982–83||Terry Cummings||Forward||San Diego Clippers|
|1983–84||Ralph Sampson||Center/Forward||Houston Rockets|
|1984–85||Michael Jordan||Guard||Chicago Bulls|
|1985–86||Patrick Ewing||Center||New York Knicks|
|1986–87||Chuck Person||Forward||Indiana Pacers|
|1987–88||Mark Jackson||Guard||New York Knicks|
|1988–89||Mitch Richmond||Guard||Golden State Warriors|
|1989–90||David Robinson||Center||San Antonio Spurs|
|1990–91||Derrick Coleman||Forward||New Jersey Nets|
|1991–92||Larry Johnson||Forward||Charlotte Hornets|
|1992–93||Shaquille O'Neal||Center||Orlando Magic|
|1993–94||Chris Webber||Forward/Center||Golden State Warriors|
| Detroit Pistons
|1995–96||Damon Stoudamire||Guard||Toronto Raptors|
|1996–97||Allen Iverson||Guard||Philadelphia 76er|
|1997–98||Tim Duncan||Forward/Center||San Antonio Spurs|
|1998–99||Vince Carter||Guard/Forward||Toronto Raptors|
| Chicago Bulls
|2000–01||Mike Miller||Forward/Guard||Orlando Magic|
|2001–02||Pau Gasol||Forward/Center||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2002–03||Amar'e Stoudemire||Forward/Center||Phoenix Suns|
|2003–04||LeBron James||Forward||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2004–05||Emeka Okafor||Center/Forward||Charlotte Bobcats|
|2005–06||Chris Paul||Guard||New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets|
|2006–07||Brandon Roy||Guard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2007–08||Kevin Durant||Forward||Seattle SuperSonics|
|2008–09||Derrick Rose||Guard||Chicago Bulls|
|2009–10||Tyreke Evans||Guard/Forward||Sacramento Kings|
|2010–11||Blake Griffin||Forward||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2011–12||Kyrie Irving||Guard||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2012–13||Damian Lillard||Guard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2013–14||Michael Carter-Williams||Guard||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2014–15||Andrew Wiggins||Forward/Guard||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2015–16||Karl-Anthony Towns||Center||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2016–17||Malcolm Brogdon||Guard||Milwaukee Bucks|
|2017–18||Ben Simmons||Forward/Guard||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2018–19||Luka Dončić||Guard/Forward||Dallas Mavericks|
|2019–20||Ja Morant||Guard||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2020–21||LaMelo Ball||Guard||Charlotte Hornets|
|2021–22||Scottie Barnes||Forward||Toronto Raptors|
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NBA Rookie of the Year FAQs
What is the NBA Rookie of the Year award?
The NBA Rookie of the Year is given to the top-performing player in his first season in the league.
Who won the NBA Rookie of the Year award last season?
Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2021/22.