NBA Rookie Of The Year Betting Tips

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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
1970–71 Dave Cowens
Geoff Petrie
 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
1994–95 Grant Hill
Jason Kidd
 Detroit Pistons
 Dallas Mavericks
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
1999–00 Elton Brand
Steve Francis
 Chicago Bulls
 Houston Rockets
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.