Yesterday, Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year. Although the 76ers were utterly deplorable during stretches of the season, MCW powered through and managed to make the biggest impact among his rookie class. The 22-year-old point guard stood strong throughout the rough and tumble year, averaging 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.
Over the last decade, many ROTY winners have gone on to even bigger and better things. Kevin Durant (2013-14’s MVP), Derrick Rose, and Chris Paul are just a few of the players that claimed the prestigious Eddie Gottlieb Trophy in the last ten years. Another thing these three have in common is that they’re now deep into their own signature shoe lines. However, as newcomers, were laced up in in-line models from some of the top hoops brands. Reminisce on rookie glory and take a look back at their earliest kicks with The Sneakers Worn by the Last 10 NBA ROTY Winners.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.