NBA All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked  

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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. 

list ordered by

1
211 76
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

2003–04

2
196 72
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard, Small forward

1984–85

3
136 41
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Center

1992–93

 

4
141 44
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Center

1959–60

5
128 46
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Small forward, Power forward

1979–80

6
106 38
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1997–98

 

7
107 47
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard, Shooting guard

1996–97

 

8
108 50
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

2008–09

9
96 42
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

2011–12

10
73 27
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard, Small forward

1998–99

11
87 37
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard, Shooting guard

1960–61

12
98 46
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Small forward

2007–08

13
71 28
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Center

1985–86

14
72 30
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

2012–13

15
70 29
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

1994–95

16
77 37
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Center

1989–90

17
60 26
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1993–94

18
69 34
Lew Alcindor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Lew Alcindor

1969–70

 

19
70 36
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

2005–06

 

20
61 29
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Small forward

1994–95

21
63 33
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward

2010–11

22
60 32
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Small forward

1958–59

23
54 32
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

2001–02

24
57 36
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

2017-18

25
48 30
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1954–55

26
49 33
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

2015–16

27
38 24
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Small forward

1965–66

 

28
35 22
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1972–73

29
35 24
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

2002–03

 

30
30 23
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward

1991–92

31
29 22
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard

1988–89

32
27 21
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1963–64

33
35 30
Brandon Roy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

2006–07

34
29 24
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1964–65

35
22 18
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward, Center

1970–71

36
25 23
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Center

1968–69

 

37
24 24
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Center

1981–82

38
28 29
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

2014–15

 

39
18 18
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard, Small forward

1976–77

40
21 22
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Center

1956–57

41
19 20
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

1987–88

42
15 16
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard, Small forward

1974–75

43
21 24
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard, Shooting guard

1999–00

44
24 28
Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard, Small forward

2009–10

45
16 19
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward

1999–00

46
19 23
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Small forward, Power forward, Center

1990–91

47
18 22
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

1967–68

48
16 22
Damon Stoudamire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Point guard

1995–96

 

49
17 24
Darrell Griffith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shooting guard

1980–81

 

50
17 25
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Power forward

1981–82