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Blake Griffin jokes about Donovan Mitchell’s ROTY campaign

Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons are not going to be in the playoff picture, but he is making his presence felt in a different fray. That’s the rapidly heating debate about who among Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers giant court general Ben Simmons should win the Rookie of the Year honors.

Griffin’s take, however, did not exactly suggest whether he is on Team Mitchell or Team Simmons. Instead, his post on Twitter was a reaction to the photo of Mitchell arriving at Vivint Smart Home Arena Tuesday with a hoodie jacket that has a print of the definition of the term “rookie.”

For those who are confused about what Blake Griffin was referring to in here, do recall that Griffin won the Rookie of the Year honors back in the 2010-11 season, which, technically, was his second in the league. Griffin was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, but sat out the entire 2009-10 campaign because of a knee injury.

To a degree, Blake Griffin is siding with Sixers guard Ben Simmons here. Like Griffin, Simmons sat out the entire season after he got drafted because of an injury but is now on the cusp of winning the Rookie of the Year plum this season. Simmons is not without a stiff competition, however, as Mitchell is definitely giving him a run for his own money with his stellar play with the Jazz.

Simmons, who was the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is averaging 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game. Donovan Mitchell, on the other hand, is putting up 20.5 points to go with 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists.