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Ben Simmons takes home the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year award

Sixers star Ben Simmons took home the honor at the NBA Awards show on Monday night.


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It was a close race but Philadelphia's Ben Simmons beat out Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum for Rookie of the Year.

 

The rookie, who averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals, helped guide his team alongside Joel Embiid to the Eastern Conference's three seed and their first playoff appearance since 2012.  

For me, I am obviously happy that I won the award. I try not to let the media hype things up or fans ... That doesn't take anything away from Jayson or Donovan from having an excellent season.

"I'd like to thank my family to start out with ... family, friends, you know I wouldn't be here without them," he said while accepting his award. "My teammates of course and my great coach, and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me and my family, so thank you."

 

Simmons, who was drafted in 2016 out of LSU, did not play the 2016-17 season due to a broken foot.

 

"I'd say the greatest memory or moment was finishing my season," Simmons added after the show. "Obviously I had my foot the first season and wasn't able to play, and to be able to be on the floor and accomplish that childhood dream has been amazing."

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