Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons

Basketball - NBA - 18 Oct 00:00

This one is for Ben Simmons to win the Rookie of the Year award.Simmons is the 1st pick in the 2016 draft but this will be his rookie season after he missed the first year due an injury. However the injury was not that bad and he could've returned to play a month but 2 last season. Instead of doing that the team decided to not risk anything and Simmons used that time training with the 76'ers staff. This is a big advantage that he has over the rest of the rookies in my opinion. An year of training and conditioning with and NBA team can do wonders for a young player and his body will probably be more ready for NBA than most other rookies. There were also some reports about a clause in Simmons shoe deal with Nike. If he will win ROTY he will get a big bonus so he has all the reasons in the world to compete for the award.

Ben Simmons should be the second option for this Philadelphia 76'ers team and I think this suits him very good. He will play as a SF/PF but he has the playmaking of a pointguiard. In many ways his game is similar to Lebron James and I think he will get a ton of assists. With new signing Reddick and with a healthy Embiid he will have very good options to pass the ball so I would not be surprised if he gets over 6 assists this year. I already spoke about Simmons amazing court vision and passing but to give you a better idea you should just watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V98Yum6xcX0.

Another thing that could go in Simmons favor is the narrative. Considering how weak the Eastern Conference is I think Philly has a real chance to make the playoffs. If that happens Simmons will be one of the most important pieces of that success and voters will give him the award if he will have comparable stats to some other players who did not make the playoffs.

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