Wes Unseld (1968-1969)
Only Wilt Chamberlain did it before; nobody’s done it since (no, we’re not talking about those numbers). In 1968-69, Unseld, a 6-foot-7-inch center, was named both the Rookie of the Year and NBA MVP. He averaged 13.8 ppg and finished behind only Chamberlain in the rebounds department, averaging 18.2 a game. He won two-thirds of the ROY votes; Elvin Hayes got the other third, and Unseld easily won the MVP vote over Willis Reed of the Knicks. Unseld wasn’t spectacular, but he engineered a Bullets turnaround from 36-46 to 57-25, the best record in the NBA. Wes Unseld became the second player in NBA history to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player award in the same season. The center averaged 13.8 points and 18.2 rebounds his first year in the league.