In what is arguably one of the best rookie classes in recent memory, Ben Simmons believes he has set himself apart as the clear favorite for the award.
“Who would I pick? Me, 100 percent,” Simmons told reporters Saturday. “I think I have been playing solid all year. If you look at the numbers, you will see. People who know the game know.”
Simmons has certainly turned in an all-around performance this year, posting averages of 16 points, 8.1 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game. His main competition for the award is Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who has exploded to average over 20 points per game this year.
The braggadocio is nothing new in the NBA, any player will likely tell you how their game is superior to everyone else’s. What is new is the power of this rookie class. Unlike 2013, which saw current mediocre journeyman Michael Carter-Williams win the award, the guys who come in second or third for the award will likely pan out to be superstars.
With the Sixers looking for a deep playoff run, a Rookie of the Year award could be the cherry on top of a process that has tested the cold hearts of Philly fans everywhere.