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. 

1
136 45
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward

1984–85

2
143 53
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

2003–04

3
91 27
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Shaquille O'Neal Center

1992–93

 

4
100 34
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Wilt Chamberlain Center

1959–60

5
99 37
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

1979–80

6
80 28
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

1997–98

 

7
68 25
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard

1960–61

8
72 35
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

1996–97

 

9
70 35
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Kevin Durant Small forward

2007–08

10
74 39
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Derrick Rose Point guard

2008–09

11
52 22
Lew Alcindor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Lew Alcindor

1969–70

 

12
53 24
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Jason Kidd Point guard

1994–95

13
57 28
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
David Robinson Center

1989–90

14
50 23
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Patrick Ewing Center

1985–86

15
63 34
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Kyrie Irving Point guard

2011–12

16
47 21
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

1998–99

17
49 23
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Elgin Baylor Small forward

1958–59

18
48 23
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Grant Hill Small forward

1994–95

19
54 29
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Chris Paul Point guard

2005–06

 

20
44 22
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

1993–94

21
44 23
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Blake Griffin Power forward

2010–11

22
46 26
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Damian Lillard Point guard

2012–13

23
42 27
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Pau Gasol Power forward, Center

2001–02

24
36 22
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Bob Pettit Power forward, Center

1954–55

25
28 15
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Rick Barry Small forward

1965–66

 

26
37 24
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Karl-Anthony Towns

2015–16

27
26 16
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

1972–73

28
27 18
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

2002–03

 

29
30 22
Brandon Roy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Brandon Roy Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

2006–07

30
33 27
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Ben Simmons Point guard

2017-18

31
23 18
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Larry Johnson Power forward

1991–92

32
23 19
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Willis Reed Power forward, Center

1964–65

33
22 18
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Mitch Richmond Shooting guard

1988–89

34
20 16
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Jerry Lucas Power forward, Center

1963–64

35
16 13
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

1970–71

36
20 19
Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Tyreke Evans Shooting guard, Small forward

2009–10

37
16 15
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Tom Heinsohn Center

1956–57

38
13 12
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

1976–77

39
20 20
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Andrew Wiggins

2014–15

 

40
12 11
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Jamaal Wilkes Shooting guard, Small forward

1974–75

41
19 19
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Wes Unseld Center

1968–69

 

42
17 18
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Steve Francis Point guard, Shooting guard

1999–00

43
16 17
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Derrick Coleman Small forward, Power forward, Center

1990–91

44
18 20
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Ralph Sampson Center

1981–82

45
11 13
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Elton Brand Power forward

1999–00

46
14 17
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Earl Monroe

1967–68

47
13 16
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Terry Cummings Power forward

1982–83

48
12 15
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Mark Jackson Point guard

1987–88

49
22 28
Malcolm Brogdon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Malcolm Brogdon

2016–17

50
10 14
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked
Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center

1961–62