Blake Griffin cracks joke about Rookie of the Year beef


In other words, while Simmons didn't actually log any National Basketball Association minutes last year, he did travel with, and practice with, and work out with, National Basketball Association players, and he did receive a year's worth of National Basketball Association coaching and film study, and that kind of experience can not be replicated in college, which, of course, is where Mitchell spent last season playing.

"It's not Ben's fault but [Donovan Mitchell] is a TRUE rookie", Jefferson wrote in a Snapchat post Tuesday. Unfortunately for Mitchell, because of the text that was written on the hoodie, it was actually in favor of Simmons being classified as a rookie, despite the Sixers wing having been drafted in 2016.

It's been quite a Tuesday night for Utah Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell. Obviously, his opinion on the Simmons situation is a bit of a biased one. The idea being that he's not really a rookie and shouldn't be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors.

Draymond Green believes Donovan Mitchell should get the nod over Ben Simmons. I think I have been playing solid all year.

After Mitchell's big game and second big win over the Warriors this season, the Louisville product is proving the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year right as the heated debate with Simmons continues.

The 21-year-old Philadelphia 76ers forward Simmons averaged 18.5 points, 10 rebounds and 8.8 assists in his team's four wins last week to secure the Eastern conference award and further make his case for Rookie of the Year honours.

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

Mitchell has been absolutely outstanding in his first season with the Jazz, averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He wore an adidas hoodie with the definition of "rookie" on the front. "Then I heard about what he said and I was like, 'whatever.' That's not my concern".

"People who know the game know who the better player is", Simmons said.

Meanwhile, following Utah's win over the Warriors, Mitchell reverted to his usual, humble self when asked about the ROY race.

In the end, Draymond Green summed it up well when he said in a flawless world, Simmons and Mitchell would tie for Rookie of the Year.

Both teams have a shot at clinching the third spot in their respective conferences on the final night of the season. However, I'll take Mitchell's tone off the floor every day of the week.

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