Ben Simmons sees a transparent entrance-runner for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.
The 76ers level guard has little question he’ll be the one taking residence the trophy at the finish of this season.
“Who would I decide? Me, one hundred pc,” Simmons stated Saturday, by way of ESPN. “I feel I’ve been enjoying strong all yr. Should you take a look at the numbers, you will notice. Individuals who know the recreation know.”
Simmons is so assured, in reality, that he could not identify some other notable gamers who might probably earn the award as an alternative.
“None,” Simmons stated when requested if another rookies caught his consideration this season. “I need to be the place the greats are. So, for me, I watch the guys like [Kevin Durant], [LeBron James], [Stephen] Curry, Russell [Westbrook]. Guys like that. That is the place I need to be. I feel for me, that is what I really like to observe.
“I do not actually take heed to comparisons. You possibly can examine gamers and no matter it’s, however at the similar time, everyone is their very own participant.”
Simmons’ self-assurance did not go unnoticed, notably by Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who can also be vying for the honor.
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) April 9, 2018
Simmons, 21, is averaging sixteen.zero factors, eight.1 rebounds and eight.2 assists per recreation for the Sixers this season. The Australia native was chosen by Philadelphia with the No. 1 general decide in the 2016 NBA Draft however sat out the whole 2016-17 season after fracturing his proper foot.
The NBA will reveal the league’s postseason awards June 25.