Donovan Mitchell Dons 'Rookie' Hoodie, Still Won't Win ROY

Donovan Mitchell Dons 'Rookie' Hoodie, Still Won't Win ROY”

With just one game remaining in the regular season for both teams and nearly two months before the final decision is announced, there will be plenty more conversation and debate from the media and fans about Ben Simmons & Donovan Mitchell, and who has done more to deserve the award.

But Simmons disregarded the outfit, "If that's the only argument he has, I'm in pretty good shape".

Mitchell, the electric guard who has propelled the Utah Jazz to a playoff berth, gave his own silent statement on the issue Tuesday night before the Jazz took on the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Simmons was the top draft pick in the summer of 2016 but a broken foot sidelined him for the entirety of his first season in the league. He averages 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. Simmons had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Philadelphia's victory in Utah on November 7; Mitchell had eight points coming in off the bench. Mitchell has more than made up for that absence, leading the team in scoring with an average of 20.5 points a game.

Winning rookie of the year would certainly be one of them and the bonus would be well into six figures. He said after the game to ESPN: "I am actually thrilled for him that he did that".

On Tuesday, the Utah Jazz rookie arrived to his home arena wearing a hooded sweatshirt that appeared to be a dig at Simmons. The idea being that he's not really a rookie and shouldn't be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors.

Simmons, predictably, fired right back at Mitchell. "That's when I heard it around halftime, but I'm just blessed to be in this spot. Me, 100 percent", the Philadelphia 76ers point guard told ESPN on Saturday in comments that were published Monday.

"I'll say this. I'll put it in perspective for people who obviously don't play in the National Basketball Association and don't know the life of the National Basketball Association". I don't think many people would argue with co-winners in a situation like this. "I'm trying to win games", Mitchell said.

Both rookies have had tremendous seasons and they'll be able to make an impact in the postseason.

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