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The one factor left for Ben Simmons to do in his rookie season is decide up the award he’s already earned. However the Philadelphia 76ers ahead says there could be additional particular that means to successful the award this 12 months.

Simmons stated seeing teammates get snubbed for their very own Rookie of the 12 months honors has given him a bit of additional motivation to win the award in his first season. Final season, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid misplaced out on ROY honors to Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon.

Embiid publicly acknowledged that he must be Rookie of the 12 months. When requested about this 12 months’s award, Simmons identified that he could be successful it in honor of the younger gamers on the Sixers who missed out on the award.

“I really feel like I’d type of be successful it for Dario and Jo for his or her 12 months,” Simmons stated in response to NBC Sports activities’ Jessica Camerato.

The Sixers have launched their very own marketing campaign to ensure Simmons takes the award dwelling, a cool collectible card set that features a piece of his jersey from a recreation the place he had a triple-double.

Simmons stated the play of Embiid and Saric has helped him a lot on the court docket that successful the award could be, in a method, a pleasant honor for them as nicely.

“It could simply imply loads,” Simmons stated. “Simply taking part in with these guys, I wouldn’t have gotten to the stage the place I might be thought-about Rookie of the 12 months if it wasn’t for them. They make it straightforward for me.”

There may be some speak that Utah’s Donovan Mitchell must be MVP this 12 months, however the case for Simmons is way more sure that Embiid’s declare to the crown in a shortened season. The numbers, and the outcomes for the Sixers, make it Simmons’ award to lose. And the younger Sixers’ award to collectively have a good time, apparently.

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