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Rookie of the Year & NBA Draft Picks Go Hand in Hand

Niala Samnarine

By Niala Samnarine

April 29, 2014

Playoff season is well under way and while many expect veteran teams with experience to have the upper hand, younger teams are showing their cool under pressure by playing with the same level of tenacity.
Take for example the Portland Trailblazers, led by Damian Lillard (last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year recipient and number six over NBA Draft pick). Lillard and team are leaving their mark in a competitive round one playoff series.
What other rookie of the year players and top draft picks are helping their teams in this year’s NBA Playoffs? Who will be named as this year’s NBA rookie of the year, and who from this year’s NBA Draft class can we expect to do the same in years to come? Read on to find out!

Former Rookie Standouts

NBA Draft ROY Chart

We aggregated the data from the past 16 seasons and here as some fun stats. Of the past 16 seasons and out of the 17 Rookie of the Year awards presented (co ROY in 2000):

  • 9 are actively playing in this year’s playoffs
  • 2 (Griffin and Lillard) won the award anonymously
  • 6 were number one draft picks
  • 14 were top five NBA Draft picks 
  • and all of them were selected in the top 10 draft picks

Needless to say, the NBA Draft has been a great indicator of future greatness from these young players. So what about the 2013-2014 season? Which players drafted in the 2013 NBA Draft are vying for Rookie of the Year honors?

2014 Rookie of the Year Candidates

Out of these four players only Plumlee’s Nets are currently in the playoffs, however Oladipo, Carter-Williams and Burke have had major contributions for their teams. Currently Carter-Williams leads all rookies in points, rebounds, assists and steals—but some attribute that to playing for a team with a somewhat thin roster. Oladipo and Burke are no slackers as they are playing at high levels and have found success with their teams (actual win-loss record counts for little when voting for ROY).The 2013 NBA Draft provided teams with a wealth of talent to select from, and it the 2013-2014 season, these selections paid off for four teams in particular: the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz who chose Victor Oladipo, Michael Carter-Williams, Mason Plumlee and Trey Burke respectively.

As it stands MCW has won several in-season Rookie of the Month titles, making him the favorite thus far, but anything can happen when voting occurs!

Who do you think will get ROY honors? Did I miss someone who would be on our list? Share in the comments below!

See Future ROY Candidates Find Their NBA Homes

One of the most fun parts of the NBA Draft is figuring out who goes where, where they’ll best fit, and what number they’ll be taken in the Draft. (And in Mason Plumlee’s case, if we’ll be seeing them in the following season’s Playoffs!)

For NBA fans, you don’t have to resort to just watching the 2014 NBA Draft on TV. Through NBA Events you can be there LIVE to see these players find their new homes in the NBA. Witness the emotion wash over their faces as they’re selected in prime positions (or lower than expected) and watch them as they are welcomed into their new NBA family.

With Official 2014 NBA Draft Packages fans can get up close and personal with the best seats to the NBA Draft, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, NBA Legend or current player meet and greet, access to exclusive hospitality with premium open bar and gourmet food buffets and more!


See the Next Rookie of the Year  at the 2014 NBA Draft