Friday, 19 October, 2018

Kevin Durant says Donovan Mitchell 'blessed' to be in his current situation

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons & Co. are trying to lock up the No. 3 seed in the East Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons & Co. are trying to lock up the No. 3 seed in the East
Cassandra Gardner | 12 April, 2018, 07:03

At this point Ben Simmons is the likely victor of the award, as he's been a superstar for the 76ers since he hit the floor. Simmons averaged 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game heading into Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Griffin, who was unanimously voted the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2011, cracked a amusing joke about Mitchell's wardrobe selection.

We all know the story. They think Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, the other strong candidate, should get it, because he was drafted last June.

"Adidas just wanted to have fun with it", Mitchell said. As a result, Simmons is the first rookie in National Basketball Association history to average at least 8.0 assists on a team with 50 or more wins. Not taking away anything that he's doing because he's having a fantastic year, and I think he'll be one of the faces of this league for years to come.

Mitchell ended the night with this tweet. The idea being that he's not really a rookie and shouldn't be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors.

This entertaining little pas de deux between Simmons and Mitchell all started when Simmons assessed his qualifications for the postseason award and dismissed all comers, like the Celtics' Jayson Tatum, the Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr., Kuzma and Mitchell. He has been shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc throughout his rookie season. His answer, might surprise you like it did me... If you look at the numbers, you'll see. "People who know the game know".

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Shortly after that quote hit the media waves and social media-sphere, Donovan Mitchell responded via Twitter with a creative GIF. Should we re-vote Griffin's award if we're playing that card in 2018 for the Simmons-Mitchell debate?

When he arrived for Utah's second-to-last game of the season against the Warriors, Mitchell took matters into his own hands.

Durant, now in his tenth season in the league, acknowledged that it was unusual for a rookie to be playing such a large role on a playoff-bound team, but was quick to point out how exceptional Mitchell's situation in Salt Lake City has been.

"If his argument is that I'm not a rookie..." "That's when I heard it around halftime, but I'm just blessed to be in this spot".

The lighthearted dig sparked a flurry of sports anger between the 76ers and Jazz fanbases, with the latter mentioning the "good point" of Mitchell's sweatshirt.

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