By Daniel Friedman
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Kristaps Porzingis has a chance to be the first Knicks’ Rookie of the Year since Mark Jackson (1987-88). He’d be joining some impressive company on the local sports scene, too. Here are the 10 most recent ROYs in New York.
1. Jacob deGrom: 2014, Mets
“The deGrominator” showed the kind of elite stuff he has in his arsenal, striking out batter after batter. He was the right choice for the award by a long shot.
2. Odell Beckham Jr: 2014, Giants (Offensive Rookie of the Year)
He burst onto the scene last year and is now the best receiver in football.
3. Sheldon Richardson: 2013, Jets (Defensive Rookie of the Year)
Richardson needs to learn to behave off the field, but on the field he’s been more than exemplary.
4. Jonathan Vilma: 2004, Jets (Defensive Rookie of the Year)
A defensive standout for the Miami Hurricanes, he joined the Jets and continued to be one.
5. Scott Gomez: 1999-00, Devils
Long before he became more famous for not scoring goals, Gomez was setting up other players for them.
6. Bryan Berard: 1996-97, Islanders
His career was marred by an eye injury, but it sure got off to a great start. He put up 48 points as a rookie defenseman and played all 82 games.
7. Derek Jeter: 1996, Yankees
This one needs no explanation.
8. Hugh Douglas: 1995, Jets
Douglas’ career really took off after he left the Jets (no pun intended), but he was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in ’95.
9. Martin Brodeur: 1993-94, Devils
Brodeur introduced himself to the hockey world by putting on an outstanding show. He said goodbye as one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history.
10. Derrick Coleman: 1990-91, Nets
Coleman played five seasons with the Nets and was an NBA All-Star in 1994.