The evening began with him walking into Vivint Smart Home Arena with a hoodie that clearly was meant to troll fellow first-year player Ben Simmons. "With Ben (Simmons), I think just having National Basketball Association training, eating like a pro, watching film like a pro, I think all that makes a difference".
It was a fantastic achievement by Mitchell, as the record has been held by Lillard since his own rookie season in 2012-13, and if the shooting guard is able to follow the same career path, Utah has an incredible player on their hands.
Mitchell, however, recently poked some fun at Simmons by wearing a sweatshirt with the definition of "rookie" printed on it. Simmons, the front-runner to win the 2018 Rookie of the Year award, addressed Mitchell's new hoodie after Philly's 121-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Obviously, his opinion on the Simmons situation is a bit of a biased one.
This will definitely be one of the most anticipated Rookie of the Year decisions in a while.
"I really don't care". "For me, I would go with Donovan just for the simple fact: I think he's a true rookie". Simmons, who has been a triple-double machine for the Sixers this year, is technically a rookie because he missed the entirety of last season due to injury.
With one game remaining in the regular season, Simmons is averaging 15.9 points, 8.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game while helping the Sixers to a 51-30 record and third place in the Eastern Conference. So, let's say you have an exam to take on June 1 and you have a whole year to study for that exam, you're going to get a pretty good grade on it, aren't you? The Australian native had posted at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in 57 games this season.
There is no question Simmons is the favourite for the award and Mitchell is close behind. In an addendum to his story, Chris Haynes tweeted out a quote from Mitchell that didn't make the article. But Mitchell doesn't care what Simmons thinks; he believes he's the Rookie of the Year. He also said that he's "100 percent" the Rookie of the Year. However, I'll take Mitchell's tone off the floor every day of the week.