Donovan Mitchell Dons 'Rookie' Hoodie, Still Won't Win ROY

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Simmons is tipped to claim Rookie of the Year, having sat out his first season with a foot injury - the Philadelphia 76ers star averaging 16 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists.

Earlier this season, he became the first G League player to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on 3s and 90 percent from the free-throw line. As for the Jazz, perhaps the most memorable moment happened in the first quarter when Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell almost sawed Warriors forward Draymond Green in half with a sick crossover that caused the reigning Defensive Player of the Year tumbling to the floor.

When he arrived for Utah's second-to-last game of the season against the Warriors, Mitchell took matters into his own hands. Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers had a laugh.

It caused a stir and Simmons, after helping the Sixers to their 15th straight win, said the shirt proved he was also a rookie as he is "playing" his first season.

"None", he said. "I want to be where the greats are". The idea being that he's not really a rookie and shouldn't be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors.

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There is no question Simmons is the favourite for the award and Mitchell is close behind.

What received the bulk of attention during Simmons' sit-down with ESPN was when he dismissed the notion that R.O.Y. was a two-man race, as well as stating there are no rookies who have caught his attention this year.

"I'll say this. I'll put it in perspective for people who obviously don't play in the NBA and don't know the life of the NBA", Mitchell began. Richard Jefferson, a 17-year National Basketball Association veteran and current member of the Nuggets, is clearly on Mitchell's side. So, that's how I look at it and I hope that puts it in perspective for people.

Washington ended its four-game losing streak and will wrap up the regular season at Orlando on Wednesday.

He was averaging 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and almost one steal per game in 35 minutes during that 14-game stretch while shooting 53 percent and 50.7 percent from 3-point range. However, I'll take Mitchell's tone off the floor every day of the week.