NBA legends who didn’t get a single first-place vote for Rookie of the Year

Not every NBA superstar comes out firing right away (so fret not, Houston Rockets fans who own a whole lot of stock in Jabari Smith right now).

In fact, there are various players one could classify as legends who didn’t even get a single first-place vote for Rookie of the Year throughout league history, as you’re about to see for yourself.

Recent example? Giannis Antetokounmpo, who put up 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds as a rookie.

Older examples? How about Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant?

Below, check out our full list of NBA legends who did not get one vote for Rookie of the Year after their inaugural campaigns.

2014: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Winner: Michael Carter-Williams (104 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Victor Oladipo (16)

2002: Tony Parker

Otto Greule/Getty Images

Winner: Pau Gasol (117 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Richard Jefferson (three)

1999: Dirk Nowitzki

PAUL BUCK/AFP via Getty Images

Winner: Vince Carter (113 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Jason Williams (three)

1998: Tracy McGrady

Winner: Tim Duncan (113 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Keith Van Horn (three)

1997: Kobe Bryant

HECTOR MATA/AFP via Getty Images

Winner: Allen Iverson (44 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Stephon Marbury (35)

1997: Steve Nash

CHRIS BERNACCHI/AFP via Getty Images

Winner: Allen Iverson (44 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Stephon Marbury (35)

1997: Ray Allen

Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Winner: Allen Iverson (44 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Stephon Marbury (35)

1991: Gary Payton

Sport/Getty Images

Winner: Derrick Coleman (69 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Lionel Simmons (22)

1988: Scottie Pippen

Winner: Mark Jackson (77 first-place votes)
Runner-ups: Greg Anderson, Winston Garland and Kenny Smith (One)

1988: Reggie Miller

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Winner: Mark Jackson (77 first-place votes)
Runner-ups: Greg Anderson, Winston Garland and Kenny Smith (One)

1987: Dennis Rodman

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Winner: Chuck Person (68 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Ron Harper (10)

1985: Charles Barkley

Focus on Sport via Getty Images

Winner: Michael Jordan (57.5 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Hakeem Olajuwon (20.5)

1985: John Stockton

Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

Winner: Michael Jordan (57.5 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Hakeem Olajuwon (20.5)

1984: Clyde Drexler

Mike Powell/Getty Images

Winner: Ralph Sampson (76 first-place votes)

1983: Dominique Wilkins

Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Winner: Terry Cummings (60 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Clark Kellogg (11)

1982: Isiah Thomas

Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images

Winner: Buck Williams (33 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Kelly Tripucka (22)

1977: Alex English

Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Winner: Adrian Dantley (44 first-place votes)
Runner-up: John Lucas (eight)

1977: Robert Parish

Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Winner: Adrian Dantley (44 first-place votes)
Runner-up: John Lucas (eight)

1975: Bill Walton

Vernon Biever/NBAE via Getty Images

Winner: Jamal Wilkes (7.6 votes)
Runner-up: John Drew (5.1)

1972: Bob Lanier

Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Winner: Artis Gilmore (30 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Dan Issel (seven)

1968: Walt Frazier

Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Winner: Artis Gilmore (30 first-place votes)
Runner-up: Dan Issel (seven)

[listicle id=1747013]

[listicle id=1751748]

[listicle id=1760647]

Story originally appeared on HoopsHype