- Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons are the two favorites to win NBA Rookie of the Year.
- Simmons made headlines when he said he was “100%” the Rookie of the Year and that none of the other rookies had caught his attention.
- Mitchell prior to Tuesday’s game with a hoodie that suggested Simmons is not a true rookie.
Utah Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell upped the brewing war between himself and Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons with not-too-subtle hoodie before his game on Tuesday night.
Mitchell wore a hoodie that suggested he was more deserving of the Rookie of the Year award because Simmons is not a true rookie. Simmons is in his second season in the NBA, after missing the entire 2016-17 season with an injury.
The hoodie Adidas made for Mitchell includes the definition of the noun, “rookie,” and reads, “An athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team.”
Simmons made headlines earlier in the week when Chris Haynes asked him during an ESPN interview whom he would pick for Rookie of the Year.
“Who would I pick? Me, 100 percent,” Simmons said.
Simmons was later asked if any of the other rookies had caught his attention, to which Simmons responded, “None.”