Sixers’ Jimmy Butler low-key trolls ‘Rookie of the Year’ Ben Simmons
Philadelphia 76ers superstar Ben Simmons did not hide that he is getting tired of the Rookie of the Year jokes. But instead of getting support from a teammate, Sixers star Jimmy Butler opted to troll Simmons.
Butler posted a video showing Simmons, calling his second-year teammate “Rookie of the Year” after their game against the Utah Jazz. It appears Butler was aware that Simmons got irritated by questions about the Rookie of the Year race last season.
"Good game Rookie of the Year." – Jimmy Buckets. Please don't ever change.
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) December 28, 2018
Simmons was asked to give his thoughts on the race for the top rookie honor between him and Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. The battle between the two young guards made headlines after Mitchell insisted that Simmons is not a rookie because he was drafted a year before he made his season debut.
Simmons eventually won the coveted award. The 76ers guard looked determined to end the talks about it. He insisted that the Rookie of the Year race last season was not even close. While he did not elaborate, Simmons is likely referring to the 90 first-place votes he received compared to Mitchell’s 11.
“It wasn’t a [expletive] race,” Simmons said via Salt Lake Tribune. “You saw the votes, right? Did you see the votes? So what’s the question?”
Simmons was welcomed with boos in Utah, but he was not too affected by the jeers.
Utah welcomed the reigning Rookie of the Year with boos. Ben Simmons wasn't too impressed 🙄 pic.twitter.com/Eb8rITeMnV
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 28, 2018
In fact, the 22-year-old had the last laugh, as the 76ers ran away with a 114-97 win against the Jazz. The former first overall pick had a triple-double night, finishing with 13 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists. He also made an impact on defense, tallying three steals and a block.
Joel Embiid was also business as usual, racking up 23 points and 15 rebounds on top of six assists and five blocks. Butler added 19 points, helping the 76ers improve to 23-13 to remain fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.