The NBA Rookie the Year race has come down to the Sixers’ Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, and both men have pleaded their case why they’re the most deserving. Simmons’ campaign focuses on his 15.9 points, 8.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds stat line, while Mitchell is leaning on his rookie-leading 20.5 points per game and the definition the word “rookie.”
Prior to last night’s victory over the Warriors, Mitchell showed up the arena wearing a sweatshirt with the definition rookie on the front: “An athlete playing his or her first season as a member a pressional sports team.” After the game, the former Louisville Cardinals stand out said he was just “having fun” with the hoodie and that he’s not losing sleep over the debate.
However, he also explained to reporters why he feel he’s the true Rookie the Year.
Via ESPN’s Chris Haynes,
Simmons has already explained that he feels he’s 100% the Rookie the Year, citing his near triple-double numbers for the season. And after seeing Mitchell’s hoodie last night, Simmons responded, “If his argument is I’m not a rookie, and that’s the only argument he has, I’m in pretty good shape. There’s a rule in the NBA for a reason. I’m not going to wear a sweatshirt tomorrow though.”