The petty Internet war about the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year has spilled over to actual NBA players. This year’s race between Philadelphia 76ers ball-handler Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell has folks yelling at each other.
Now, Simmons and Mitchell are going at it.
On Tuesday, Mitchell showed up to his home arena wearing a hoodie that looked to be making a dig at Simmons’ rookie status. Here’s what it said on the front:
An athlete, playing his or her first season, as a member of a professional sports team.
Did you catch the issue, there? Mitchell’s hoodie is actually in favor of classifying Simmons as a rookie, not against it. Simmons did not play any minutes the year after he was drafted.
Simmons is the rookie of the year by the way, and it’s not really close. The Sixers rookie’s advanced analytics are better than Mitchell’s, and with the way Philly has been playing with Embiid out it kind of guts the one thing — value — the Jazz rookie held over his rival.