LaMelo Ball named 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year. The No. 3 overall pick beat out Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton to take home top honors among first-year players. He is the third rookie in franchise history to be selected as NBA Rookie of the Year along with Larry Johnson (1991-92) and Emeka Okafor (2004-05).
Ball earns Rookie of the Year honors after also winning three consecutive Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards through the first three months it was awarded. Ball was picked as the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in each of the first three months of the season (December/January, February and March).
The Kia NBA Rookie of the Year trophy is named in honor of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Eddie Gottlieb, one of the NBA’s founders.
Here are the previous seasons NBA rookie of the year winners
|Season||NBA Rookie of the Year / NBA Team|
|2020-21||LaMelo Ball, Charlotte|
|2019-20||Ja Morant, Memphis|
|2018-19||Luka Dončić, Dallas|
|2017-18||Ben Simmons, Philadelphia|
|2016-17||Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee|
|2015-16||Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota|
|2014-15||Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota|
|2013-14||Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia|
|2012-13||Damian Lillard, Portland|
|2011-12||Kyrie Irving, Cleveland|