Ben Simmons Believes He's Rookie of the Year

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers. – AP

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers. – AP

"Me, 100 percent", Simmons said Sunday (AEDT), via ESPN .

Did you see the Sixers score 132 points against the Cavaliers last week?

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting, and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 points for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight and six of seven. The group has continued to improve and those things are that I will remember the most. His tweet shortly after the article was published?

"Who would I pick?" The former Louisville guard is the fastest rookie in league history to 150 3-pointers (63 games) and now sits second on the all-time rookie 3-point list with 178, just seven shy of Damian Lillard's record.

Ben Simmons would unequivocally pick himself for Rookie of the Year despite the strong season from Donovan Mitchell. Simmons' production has been historic for a first year player, and he's delivered some mesmerising performances on the brightest of regular season stages.

For Indiana (48-33) to win the Central and earn home-court advantage for the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, it needs to beat Charlotte on Tuesday night and have the Cleveland Cavaliers (49-31) lose their final two games against the New York Knicks. Leading all rookies in rebounds, assists, and steals, Simmons is among the top-five rookies in virtually every category (save three-point percentage and free throws) as a 6-foot-10 point guard, and he's doing so without a viable outside shot.

Mitchell has helped put Utah in a similar position.

In addition to his obvious abilities to drive at the basket, pull in a rebound, and dish out a no-look dime, one aspect of Simmons' game that has often been overlooked is his defensive dominance.

Simmons, in particular, has raised his game during the winning streak.

Right now, the 76ers have actually managed to pass the Cleveland Cavaliers in the standings, setting up a potential Celtics 76ers battle in the second round of the playoffs.

Shortly after the interview, Mitchell made his feelings known on Twitter, before joking with teammate Joe Ingles that he wasn't particularly bothered about the award anyway. If you're a guy coming from overseas, you're still a rookie and you can be 30 years old.

Obviously, both of these teams are going to be challenged in the first round, and nothing can be taken for granted with two teams that will need the youngest players on the roster to be the best players on the team, especially with their injury situations. Their two biggest stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will miss the postseason and even though the team is still a potent squad led by rookie Jason Tatum and veteran big man Al Horford Philly is getting a big break in a potential second round bout.

There are still two games left for Mitchell to make his case.

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