ROY — Indicator of Future Success??

Philadelphia 76ers Michael Carter Williams receives the 2014 KIA Rookie of the Year AwardYesterday, as we predicted, Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year. MCW captured 104 of the 124 first place votes and joined Allen Iverson as the only two rookies in 76ers’ franchise history to take home that award.

To be honest, Carter-Williams had more than a great year, he had a historic year.  MCW became just the third player dating back to 1950-51 to lead rookies in points per game (16.7), rebounds per game (6.2) and assists per game (6.3).  Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) are the other names on that list.  MCW also joined Robertson and Magic Johnson (1979-80) as the only players to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in their rookie season.

While there’s no doubt that MCW still has work to do (His detractors will point out that he struggles on defense and his shooting stroke needs help.) and there’s still no guarantee that he is a “franchise” or “all-star level” player, after the jump I will show you that winning the Rookie of the Year Award has been a springboard for some of the finest NBA careers in the history of the game. Below is a list of the players who won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award between 2000-01 and 2012-13:





Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers


Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers


Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers


Tyreke Evans

Sacramento Kings


Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls


Kevin Durant

Seattle SuperSonics


Brandon Roy

Portland Trail Blazers


Chris Paul

New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets


Emeka Okafor

Charlotte Bobcats


LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers


Amar’e Stoudemire

Phoenix Suns


Pau Gasol

Memphis Grizzlies


Mike Miller

Orlando Magic

As you can see, during the 13 year span from 2000-2013 an overwhelming majority of the Rookie of the Year Award winners went on to achieve a high level of success in the NBA.  In fact, if you remove Emeka Okafor (extremely disappointing career) and Tyreke Evans (inconsistent career so far) from this grouping, the remaining 11 ROY winners from this time span boast a ridiculous combined resume.  Included among this prestigious group’s achievements are:

  • 6 NBA Titles
  • 5 NBA MVP Awards
  • 5 NBA Scoring Champs (KD -4; Lebron -1)
  • 2 NBA Finals MVP Awards
  • 1 Sixth Man of the Year Award (Miller)
  • 44 All-Star Game Appearances

Now many of you will immediately note that the above group includes “outliers” or “Hall of Fame Locks” such as Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul and that their presence is skewing the data heavily in a positive way for the ROY Award alums.  I wouldn’t say that I totally disagree with you. So let’s dig a little deeper and look at how the ROY Award winners during the 1990s made out with the rest of their NBA careers. Below is a list of the ROYs from 1990-91 – 1999-2000:





Steve Francis & Elton Brand

Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls


Vince Carter

Toronto Raptors


Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs


Allen Iverson

Philadelphia 76ers


Damon Stoudamire

Toronto Raptors


Jason Kidd, Grant Hill

Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons


Chris Webber

Golden State Warriors


Shaquille O’Neal

Orlando Magic


Larry Johnson

Charlotte Hornets


Derrick Coleman

New Jersey Nets


David Robinson

San Antonio Spurs

Admittedly, this combined careers of this group is not as impressive as the resume owned by the collection of players from the 2000-2013 ROY Award winners grouping. One could argue that the overall careers of Steve Francis, Elton Brand, Derrick Coleman, Chris Webber, Damon Stoudamire and Larry Johnson were in some ways disappointing.  However, one could also argue that each of those six former ROY winners was among the best players in the League at some point during their career. Despite the less than “franchise level player” careers of those six, the achievements this group has racked up as a whole is very impressive and would fill multiple trophy cases:

  • 11 NBA Titles
  • 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards
  • 4 NBA MVp Awards
  • 4 Players with 23,000+ points in their career (Iverson, Duncan, Shaq, Vince)
  • 2 Players elected to the NBA at 50 list (Robinson & Shaq)
  • 1 Defensive Player of the Year Award (Robinson)
  • 1 NBA Season Assist Leader (Kidd did it 3 times)
  • 1 NBA Scoring Champ (Iverson did it 4 times)
  • 79 All-Star Game Appearances

Look, I’m not saying that because Michael Carter-Williams won the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year that he is a lock to develop into a “franchise level player”, future NBA Hall of Famer or even a multiple time NBA All-Star.  As we all know, the 76ers are facing long odds of that happening.

But what I am saying is that the Rookie of the Year Award alumni list has an all-world track record and capturing this honor in 2013-14 is a damn fine place for MCW to start his career with the 76ers.  So let’s celebrate one of the few positives to come from the season of the tank.


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