VIDEO: Wes Unseld Tribute
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Today’s Topic: Rookie Rarities
On March 24, 1969, the legendary Wes Unseld became the second player in NBA history to win the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year award in the same season (Wilt Chamberlain also accomplished the feat in 1960). Unseld led the Baltimore Bullets into the playoffs with averages of 13.8 ppg and 18.2 rpg.
To honor Unseld, we look back at some other Rookie of the Year award rarities including the youngest to win it, the first team to have back-to-back winners, the four foreign-born players to win the award and more!
(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)
Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Rookie Rarities
Which of these rarities do you think is the most impressive? Leave your comments below!