Simmons is averaging 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season, and he's on pace to join Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to average 16-8-8.
Which way will the voters go?
"Who would I pick? Me, 100 percent", Simmons told ESPN's Chris Haynes on Saturday. The group has continued to improve and those things are that I will remember the most. Therefore, taking these moves into account, and the bench units the Sixers had used through the early party of the season, here's an overlook at the numbers of the second unit prior to the streak, and how they appear now.
The Sixers have won 50 games for the first time in 17 years and with two games left have a pretty good shot at being the No. 3 seed in the National Basketball Association playoffs.
While he may not be the flashiest player in the league from a purely offensive perspective, Simmons has transformed from the top-overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft into a legitimate NBA star nearly seamlessly, and this recent stretch of games as all but confirmed that he's not just resting on the laurels of a strong teams.
Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, sat out the entire 2016-17 season with a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. Ben Simmons added 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, while Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 boards. He has scored 30 points in five games.
The Rookie of the Year race is coming down to the final days, as Sixers guard Ben Simmons and Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell have been fantastic down the stretch run of the season.
Mitchell has helped put Utah in a similar position. Utah's 47 victories have them sitting just a game behind the Blazers, and a meeting in Portland in Wednesday's regular-season finale could determine their final postseason seeding.
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.
The Grizzlies, who snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the first time in April, recorded their highest point total of the season. "Along with their 6'10" point forward, the team features Joel Embiid, who is fast becoming one of the most dominant two-way players in the game.
The Jazz were the No.5 seed a year ago and lost Gordon Hayward to free agency in the offseason. Mitchell then replied back to Ingles, "Lmao bro like who cares (three laughing emojis) I'm still stuck on your dunk". Mitchell leads all the first-year players in scoring, but that's his only advantage. He contributed with 18 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 threes with 0 turnovers in 30 minutes. Atlanta is 9 in the league with 11.2 made three pointers a night and tied for 15 in three point shooting as the team hits 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.
New Orleans at L.A. Clippers: Doc Rivers says the eliminated Clippers will play it straight, knowing Pelicans clinch spot with a win.