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All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked 

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Updated November 5, 2019 13.6k votes 1.3k voters 7k views 69 items

List Rules Vote up the ROTY winners based on their overall NBA careers.

Of all the NBA Rookie of the Year winners, there has to be a single best. Sure, each and every winner of the sought-after award can be considered the best in their own right, even if it's just for their rookie season, but how do they all stand up against each other? Year after year, we see the top rookies fight for the title, whether that's by being a leading point scorer or a powerhouse on defense (or both). But do they get better each year? Does the ROTY from 50 years ago compare to any of the top current NBA players? That's up to you fans to decide. 

From first winner Don Meineke in 1953 to 2017 ROTY Malcolm Brogdon, who are the best NBA Rookie of the Year winners? While Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have proved themselves far past rookies, you still have to consider other all-time NBA greats who won the award, such as Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlain—lest we forget the GOAT Michael Jordan. Clearly, determining the best ROTY of all time is certainly no easy decision. 

Nevertheless, here's a list of NBA Rookie of the Year award winners, ready to be ranked by you. Vote up the best players and keep in mind, someone is going to take the last spot as the worst ROTY, so vote accordingly. 

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1963–64

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Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Brandon Roy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Malcolm Brogdon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Malcolm Brogdon
Shooting guard, Point guard

2016–17

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Damon Stoudamire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
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Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard, Small forward

1974–75