For Ben Simmons, winning Rookie of the Year would also be for Joel Embiid, Dario Saric
It has been quite the 2017-18 NBA season for the Philadelphia 76ers. Not only have they solidified a spot in the playoffs, but point guard Ben Simmons looks every bit the franchise player they hoped he would be.
Ben Simmons established himself early and often as the league’s best rookie. According to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times, Simmons admitted that winning Rookie of the Year would be a bit of redemption for his teammates, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.
Ben Simmons on Rookie of the Year: ‘It would mean a lot.’ Says would essentially be winning it for Embiid and Saric.
“The Process” has been nice to the Sixers over the past couple of years. This has seen them acquire a bevy of talent through the draft, starting with Embiid himself. Despite an injury-riddled start to his career, Embiid was hoping he had done enough last season to win the honor.
After it became evident that his sample size was too small, he began campaigning for Saric to take home the award after a stellar debut year as well. However, he ultimately wound up finishing second in the voting behind Milwaukee bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Simmons is now hoping to finally bring it home after this season. Needless to say, he has made a solid case for himself as the clear-cut choice. This year’s award has undoubtedly come down to a two-man race between him and Utah Jazz guard Donavan Mitchell. However, the record numbers Simmons has enjoyed on top of his team’s overall success has him pegged as the favorite at the moment.