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Sixers’ Ben Simmons wins Rookie of the Year award

Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons

The second-ever NBA Awards bring forward some of the best players, coaches, and plays, recognizing the best of the best throughout a long 82-game NBA season. TNT televised this awards ceremony in conjunction with the NBA, giving the players the opportunity to celebrate these accomplishments in front of their peers.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

WINNER: Ben Simmons

In a close race with Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, the lauded Philadelphia 76ers’ first overall selection in 2016 lived up to the hype, delivering through his first year of action in the league, averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game, along with 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks through 81 games played.

Simmons missed his would-have-been rookie season in 2016-17 with a foot injury.