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12 Facts About NBA Rookie of the Year Award

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The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given to the top rookie of the regular season.

The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

2017 NBA Awards: Rookie of the Year Finalists by NBA on TNT

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Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach.

The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California.

The 1952–53 NBA season was the seventh season of the National Basketball Association.

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The winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first, second, and third place votes.

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The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.

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The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Malcolm Brogdon.

Malcolm Moses Adams Brogdon is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

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Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall.

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Fourteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in their careers; Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season.

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Nineteen of the forty two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, and Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–2000 season.

Grant Henry Hill is an American retired basketball player and a sports show host on NBA TV's NBA Inside Stuff.

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Five players won the award unanimously – Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.

Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

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Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving of Australia and Andrew Wiggins of Canada are the only winners not born in the United States.

Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who last played for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.

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Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, and Wiggins moved to the U.S. as a junior in high school; Gasol is the only winner trained totally outside the U.S..

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