76ers' Ben Simmons Says He Is 100% Rookie Of The Year
12 April 2018, 12:18 | Kristine Mills
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Simmons has certainly had the personal success that usually leads to winning Rookie of the Year, as he's averaging 16 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game, while also registering 12 triple-doubles so far this season.
After logging a 17-19 record in 2017, Brett Brown's squad has strung off one the best record in the entire National Basketball Association in 2018, going 32-11 so far this year, including an insane 14 game win streak over the month of March, and they've done so over the last five game without their best player.
"If you look at the numbers, you will see", he said.
Simmons and Mitchell will be vying for Rookie of the Year whether the Sixers' star likes it or not, but he also has much loftier goals looking forward.
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Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, sat out the entire 2016-17 season with a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot.
Following the Philadelphia 76ers' thrilling two-point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers last week, during which both Ben Simmons and LeBron James recorded triple-doubles, LeBron, who has always been a supporter of Simmons, called the Sixers' rookie the "Fresh Prince".
Simmons has shined in his first season in the league, averaging 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game for the third place Sixers. With the big man missing all five of Philadelphia's games in April, the point guard has scored 18.8 points per contest. Utah's 47 victories have them sitting just a game behind the Blazers, and a meeting in Portland in Wednesday's regular-season finale could determine their final postseason seeding.
No. 1 seed Toronto beat Orlando in a game where the Raptors departed with some injury concerns - Lucas Nogueira strained a hamstring, and Fred Van Vleet left with what the team said was relatively minor back tightness. While both dudes have an argument for why they should be named the league's best rookie, Simmons doesn't think there's any debate as to who will get the honor. Mitchell leads all the first-year players in scoring, but that's his only advantage. Sabonis made 13 of 21 shots and added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
One reason his shooting percentage is that high is that he has taken only six of his 149 shots in this run from beyond 15 feet.
The reason being Westbrook was unable to string together 10 wins in a row last season, which makes Simmons' achievement all the more impressive. If that is the case, we will be getting the ultimate futures battle, with arguably the two best young cores going head to head in a way that we nearly never get to see.
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