It’s hard to really know how to feel about this, but Ben Simmons isn’t the first player like this. The 2010-2011 campaign was considered Blake Griffin’s rookie year, because he was injured the season before. Back in the day, David Robinson missed his first two years, and was a rookie.
Ben Simmons made his official NBA debut, this past season, and he was big for the Philadelphia 76ers. He, JJ Redick, Joel Embiid, and Marco Belinelli formed a strong core. They posted the Sixers’ best season since 2001 and their first 50-win season since that Finals run.
Because of all of this, Ben Simmons was definitely a contender for Rookie of the Year. However, Donovan Mitchell, an actual rookie, was no slouch, for the Utah Jazz, either. In the end, Ben Simmons won, and NBA Twitter is upset, mainly saying dude isn’t a rookie, plus he messed up his situation with Tinashe.
Read the tweets about Ben Simmons below: