Donovan Mitchell dissed? Ben Simmons says he's '100 percent' rookie of the year

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  • Karthu South Jordan, UT
    April 10, 2018 11:13 a.m.

    I think Lillard's comment says it all. Granted, I haven't watched the 76ers as much, and that game against the Cavs was incredible, but the Jazz would be in a tough spot without Mitchell. He really has become a leader of this team. Gobert gets mad about a foul; Mitchell calms him down. A bench player hits a three; Mitchell cheers him on. Critical moment of the game; Mitchell fires the team up. His impact on this team is why they're at #4, possibly #3 soon.

    Originally, I thought this would come down to which team lands higher in the standings (I know it's not a team award, but people care about that). Now, I think Simmons will get it mostly because he's like a mini Lebron (who's still around to impress the media) whereas Mitchell is like a mini Jordan in the sense that he's a purebred scorer. However, if you look at his stats for that last Laker game (with Rubio out), they're similar to Simmons'. Simmons has the advantage in the assist category because he handles the ball for his team, but the Jazz have Rubio handle it until the 4th quarter where they give it to Mitchell to close.

    It'll be a close award, but I think the voters give it to Simmons.

    I would vote for Mitchell.

  • samps American Fork, UT
    April 10, 2018 8:54 a.m.

    Mitchell reminds me of the great Jackie Robinson. Humble, diligent, and very skilled. Go, Mitchell!

  • Utes83 Rock Springs, WY
    April 10, 2018 8:53 a.m.

    Well sounds like someone never got recognition growing up. Give Simmons his little award so we can stop hearing about it. Like Donovan says, Im worried about a championship not an individual award. Says the not only better player on the court, but the smarter player too. Without Simmons philly makes the playoffs. Without Embid? Nope, do that math with #45 on the Jazz. Theres your award.

  • JapanCougar Layton, UT
    April 10, 2018 8:28 a.m.

    What a great Rookie season for Donovan!
    If he doesn't win this year, maybe he can win next year?
    #redefiningrookie

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:27 a.m.

    Why is Ben Simmons even in the conversation? He's not a rookie. I don't care if he was hurt the whole season or for one game, he was in the NBA and therefore he's not a rookie. Frank Jackson will be out for a full season because of his foot injury as well. That's just how it goes and how "rookie" is defined. If they even think about considering Simmons for the award, I'll stop watching the few regular season games I watch.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 9, 2018 11:46 p.m.

    Ben Simmons makes it sound like his foot was broken for the entire year. 🤕

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    April 9, 2018 7:47 p.m.

    Let's discuss this when the dust settles. There is one team in the West that nobody wants to play in the playoffs besides Houston, and part of this is due to the injuries suffered by Golden State players and also the lingering issue with Kawhi Leonard's quad. That team is the Utah Jazz, a team that is coached to practice hard, play hard, and play together. This team is led by a very tall Frenchman who was drafted #27 in his draft, a small forward who found his way to the Jazz after being cut by the Clippers, and a multi-skilled guard from Louisville just drafted last June at #13.
    I would say this to Ben Simmons: you may be the best rookie in the NBA for the entire year, but there's still some dust in the air. And please check out the NBA rookie ladder which has awarded the NBA rookie of the month to Donovan Mitchell multiple times.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    April 9, 2018 6:56 p.m.

    If Sportsmanship, Good Naturedness and just being a Likable Guy, is factored in, then Donovan wins hands down!

    Not a fan of the Aussie Arrogance!
    Ben belongs in the Comeback Player of the Year category...Not Rookie.

  • kranny utah, UT
    April 9, 2018 5:48 p.m.

    Would Simmons have the same numbers had he played in the Western Conference?

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 9, 2018 2:53 p.m.

    Simmons will win Rookie of the Year based on the rule making him eligible for the award. And I'll freely admit that if this wasn't actually Simmons' second year in the league then I'd probably say he deserves it over Mitchell although not by a lot.
    But having said that, the NBA thinking on this subject is WAY messed up! Despite working his way out of injury last year it can't be understated what a big deal it is that he had the benefit of being in an NBA program for an entire year prior to his "rookie year." This includes health and nutrition, team doctors, practicing against NBA players, learning his teams system (even when still injured), film breakdown, and adjusting to an NBA travel schedule.
    The above list is not meaningless and is in my opinion a HUGE advantage of his fellow 2018 rookies. Simply put, Simmons isn't a rookie, it's a joke that he's eligible for the award.

  • fatherof7 Phelan, CA
    April 9, 2018 2:29 p.m.

    Agree with DavidMiller. Theres a lot to be said for the advantage of spending one year in the culture of the NBA, even though not in the game. Assumption is that Simmons was at practices and probably even participated in some (I don't know the rules), studying the plays etc. He is a great player, no question, but he is starting at a different spot.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2018 1:36 p.m.

    Just one more reason to love Donovan! Kid has class and is a fun guy to boot! Grateful to have him on the Jazz!!!!!

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    April 9, 2018 1:33 p.m.

    I admit that I am biased in favor of Mitchel. Whether he gets the ROY award or not, in my heart, he already is.

  • blueheron52 Provo, UT
    April 9, 2018 1:08 p.m.

    Mr. Simmons, I believe, earned a salary last year for playing for the 76ers. His rookie year numbers: 0, 0, 0, 0, etc.

    Repay the salary and then become a rookie?

  • DavidMiller Bountiful, UT
    April 9, 2018 12:58 p.m.

    Not trying to take anything away from Simmons - he's had a phenomenal year but he's doing essentially what he knew Philly expected of him as a #1 pick while Mitchell is doing way more for Utah than anyone could have reasonably expected from a #13 pick. Additionally, while Simmons was rehabbing a broken foot last year he was doing so with all the benefits of an NBA pro - team doctors, trainers, pro salary, access to the playbook and coaches - while Mitchell was playing ball with all the restrictions of an NCAA athlete. Mitchell has has essentially matched Simmons in performance but from a much lower starting point.

    I said months ago that if the Jazz make the playoffs Mitchell should be ROY - I stand by that assessment now.

  • utahcoyote Saint George, UT
    April 9, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    this is sort of a misleading title to this article, which the media is wont to do. simmons says he "100%" would choose himself as rookie of the year. nothing wrong with that at all, and he has put a historic season in terms of statistics . 16 pts 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game is nothing to sneer at for any player, much less a rookie. he is scoring efficiently and he plays pretty good defense.

    he outplayed lebron james in a game last week where they were playing heads up for most of the game.

    this does not downplay the incredible season that donovan mitchell has had for the utah jazz. the jazz had the need for a scorer after losing hayward. mitchell has filled that need, while also playing very solid defense.

    in many ways its a win win for both teams.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 9, 2018 12:32 p.m.

    Ben Simmons is conceited. If ROY means that much to him let him have it.

    The more fair and accurate way to judge ROY would be to have a set criteria to go off. Yes, Simmons has a lot of triple-doubles but would I want the ball in his hands if I need a game winning shot? No. The guy can't the side of a barn from ten feet out.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 9, 2018 12:07 p.m.

    If the award is given based on numbers, then Simmons should get it -- he has the numbers, including that amazing twelve triple doubles. If the award is based on the value of the player to the team, then Donovan should get it. Philly would still be in the playoffs without Simmons, though not as highly seeded. The Jazz without Mitchell? No way!

    Donovan gets my vote.

  • holy moly Herrmian, UT
    April 9, 2018 12:02 p.m.

    Mitchell's humility is worth gold. His playing does all of his talking. Love it!

  • BYU and Jazz Fan Springville, UT
    April 9, 2018 11:19 a.m.

    I would choose Donovan Mitchell over Simmons all day every day. There are some things that Simmons has been great at this year, no doubt. Some of those, even better than Mitchell. However, Mitchell has also been great this year and has maintained a competitive fire and humility throughout. I love his attitude. If Simmons were here instead of Mitchell, I don't think he would play as hard or have been as good and would leave the soonest chance he got.
    I don't doubt Mitchell's effort, but I will doubt Simmons. Just looking at his lack of effort at playing at LSU. If the 76ers get bad again, look for him to quit. Mitchell never will.

    Go Jazz!