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

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

“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)

Odell Beckham

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants runs for a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 14, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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)

Sheldon Richardson

Sheldon Richardson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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)

Jonathan Vilma

Jonathan Vilma (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)

A defensive standout for the Miami Hurricanes, he joined the Jets and continued to be one.

5. Scott Gomez: 1999-00, Devils

Scott Gomez

Scott Gomez #21 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on January 19, 2015 in San Jose, California (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Long before he became more famous for not scoring goals, Gomez was setting up other players for them.

6. Bryan Berard: 1996-97, Islanders

Bryan Berard

Bryan Berard (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

Derek Jeter's Final Game

Derek Jeter is honored prior to the last game of the season, and his career, against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This one needs no explanation.

8. Hugh Douglas: 1995, Jets

Hugh Douglas

Hugh Douglas takes down Mark Brunell. (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

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

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Coleman played five seasons with the Nets and was an NBA All-Star in 1994.


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