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Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year? 

Aaron Hager
Updated July 23, 2019 59.1k votes 12.7k voters 108.3k views 50 items
Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

UPDATE: Head over and check out the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year predictions.

The Dallas Mavericks' Luka Dončić was named the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 21.2 points per game, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists for a Mavericks team that missed out on the playoffs. Dončić started 72 games and averaged 32.2 minutes in his first season in the league.

Along with Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, who was the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Dončić, who won the EuroLeague Championship and MVP Award at 19, was among the best players in the rookie class from the start of the season. Other players in the conversation for Rookie of the Year when the season began were Trae Young, Marvin Bagley III, Mohamed Bamba, and Michael Porter Jr.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year award were the winner Luka Dončić, the Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton, and the Atlanta Hawks' Young.

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
Dallas Mavericks

Position: Guard, Small forward

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNER

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Trae Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
Trae Young Atlanta Hawks

Nationality: USA

Position: Point guard

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALIST

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Deandre Ayton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns

Position: Center, Power forward

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALIST

Deandre Edoneille Ayton (born July 23, 1998) is a Bahamian professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Arizona Wildcats in ...more
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Marvin Bagley III is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #3 Sacramento Kings

Position: Power forward

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Collin Sexton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #5 Cleveland Cavaliers

Position: Point guard

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Jaren Jackson Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #6 Memphis Grizzlies

Nationality: American

Position: Center

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Mohamed Bamba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #7 Mohamed Bamba Orlando Magic

Position: Center

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #8 Los Angeles Clippers

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Position: Point guard

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Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #9 New York Knicks

Position: power forward

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Mitchell Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #10 New York Knicks

Position: Center

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Kevin Huerter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #13 Atlanta Hawks

Birthplace: Albany, New York, USA

Nationality: USA

Position: Shooting guard

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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #11 Charlotte Hornets

Nationality: American

Position: Small forward, Shooting guard

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Wendell Carter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #12 Chicago Bulls

Nationality: American

Position: Power forward, Center

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Jalen Brunson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #15 Dallas Mavericks

Nationality: American

Position: Point guard

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Kostas Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #14 Kostas Antetokounmpo Dallas Mavericks

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Position: Power forward

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Hamidou Diallo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #16 Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Shooting guard

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Landry Shamet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #17 Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Shooting guard

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Allonzo Trier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #18 CunningVet added New York Knicks

Position: Shooting guard

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Josh Okogie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #19 Minnesota Timberwolves

Position: Shooting guard

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Mikal Bridges is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #20 Phoenix Suns

Nationality: American

Position: Small forward

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Michael Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #21 Denver Nuggets

Position: Small forward

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Harry Giles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #27 AustynL added Sacramento Kings

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Nationality: USA

Position: Power forward, Center

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Omari Spellman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #26 Atlanta Hawks

Position: Power forward

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Aaron Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #23 Indiana Pacers

Nationality: American

Position: Point guard

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Moritz Wagner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year?
voting closed at #22 Washington Wizards

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Position: Power forward, Center

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