Simmons wants to avenge the snub two big fellas faced in their own rookie campaigns last year.
Both Joel Embiid and Dario Saric were snubbed for Rookie of the Year last season.
Ben Simmons is out to avenge them this year.
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 4, 2018
The 21-year-old is averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists for a Philly squad that’s won 12 in a row, and postseason-bound for the first time since 2012.
“I feel like I’d kind of be winning it for Dario and Jo for their year,” he said.
This season, Simmons has the opportunity to bring the award back to the Sixers. His main competition is Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Both have been driving forces in their teams’ success this season. The Sixers (48-30) and Jazz (45-33) both currently hold the fourth seed in their conference.
“It would just mean a lot,” Simmons said of the award. “Just playing with these guys, I wouldn’t have got to the stage where I would be considered Rookie of the Year if it wasn’t for them. They make it easy for me.”