Continental Basketball Association Newcomer of the Year Award

The Continental Basketball Association Newcomer of the Year was an award given to the best player in the CBA who had prior professional basketball experience, but was new to the league. The award was known as the Eastern Basketball Association Newcomer of the Year during the 1977–78 season, but the league re-branded as the Continental Basketball Association the following season and subsequently the name of the award changed.


^ Denotes player who simultaneously won CBA Most Valuable Player/Player of the Year Award
  Denotes player whose team won championship that year
Ref Reference
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been named MVP
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won


Season Player Position Nationality Team Prior team (league) Ref
1977–78 Ron Davis Forward   United States Anchorage Northern Knights Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
1978–79  Andre McCarter Guard   United States Rochester Zeniths Kansas City Kings (NBA)
1979–80  Brad Davis Guard   United States Anchorage Northern Knights (2) Indiana Pacers (NBA)
1980–81 Cazzie Russell Forward   United States Philadelphia Kings Great Falls Sky (WBA)
1981–82 Brad Branson Center   United States Anchorage Northern Knights (3) Sarila Rimini (Serie B)
1982–83 Mike Davis Center   United States Albany Patroons New York Knicks (NBA)
1983–84 Steve Lingenfelter Forward   United States Wisconsin Flyers Washington Bullets (NBA)
1984–85 Don Collins Forward   United States Lancaster Lightning Golden State Warriors (NBA)
1985–86 John Drew Forward   United States Wyoming Wildcatters Utah Jazz (NBA)
1986–87 Eddie Johnson Guard   United States Tampa Bay Thrillers Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
1987–88 Randy Allen Forward   United States Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets Imbelco Gent (BLB)
1988–89 Tony Campbell Forward   United States Albany Patroons (2) New Jersey Jammers (USBL)
1989–90 Duane Ferrell Guard   United States Topeka Sizzlers Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
1990–91 Albert King Forward   United States Albany Patroons Philips Milano (LBA)
1991–92 Stanley Brundy Forward   United States Rapid City Thrillers New Jersey Nets (NBA)
1992–93 Derek Strong Forward   United States Quad City Thunder Washington Bullets (NBA)
1993–94 Rodney Monroe Guard   United States Rochester Renegade Canberra Cannons (NBL) [1]
1994–95 Marques Bragg Forward   United States Grand Rapids Mackers Gravelines-Dunkerque (LNB) [2]
1995–96 Gaylon Nickerson Guard   United States Rapid City Thrillers Galatasaray S.K. (BSL) [3]
1996–97 Anthony Tucker Forward   United States Florida Beach Dogs Washington Bullets (NBA) [4]
1997–98  Jeff McInnis Guard   United States Quad City Thunder Panionios B.C. (GBL) [5]
1998–99 Damon Jones Guard   United States Idaho Stampede Jacksonville Barracudas (USBL) [6]
1999–00 Charles Smith Guard   United States Rockford Lightning Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) [7]
2000–01 Not awarded after league went defunct
2001–02 Miles Simon Guard   United States Dakota Wizards Basket Livorno (LBA) [8]
2002–03  Damian Cantrell Forward   United States Yakima Sun Kings Ben Hur Rafaela (TNA) [9]
2003–04 Josh Davis Forward   United States Idaho Stampede Sicc Jesi (Serie A2) [10]
2004–05 Billy Thomas Guard   United States Dakota Wizards (2) Washington Wizards (NBA) [11]
2005–06 James Thomas Forward   United States Albany Patroons Roanoke Dazzle (NBA D-League) [12]
2006–07 Shaun Fountain Guard   United States Indiana Alley Cats Rome Gladiators (WBA) [13]
2007–08 Boo Jackson Forward   United States East Kentucky Miners Holland Blast (IBL)[14] [15]


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