Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell continue to lead the Rookie of the Year Race by locking up consecutive Rookie of the Month honors. Simmons secured his third straight award to lead the East rookies while Mitchell nabbed his fourth straight award to lead the West.
Ben Simmons finishes the season with four Rookie of the Month awards. For March and April, Simmons powered the Philadelphia 76ers to the upper echelon of the East, finishing the season with a franchise record 16 straight wins and an NBA best 20-3 record. He leads all rookies in assists (10.3 per game) and rebounds (9.3 rebounds). He also added 13.7 points per game on 58.7% shooting during that stretch. Simmons recorded six triple-doubles in those 23 games to finish the season with a 12 triple-doubles to lead all rookies. Simmons’ best game was against the East Player of the Month, LeBron James. He had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists to push the Sixers past the Cavaliers for the third seed in the East.
Out in the West, Donovan Mitchell won all of his four Rookie of the Month awards from December to March/April. He continues to lead all rookies in scoring, finishing with 22.8 points during that stretch. Mitchell added 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 21 games. The Utah Jazz finished the season with a 17-4 record and made a push for a top three seed in the West. He finished the season with 20.5 points to lead the Jazz, the first rookie since 1990 to lead his team in scoring. To highlight March/April, Mitchell scored 26 points to lead the Jazz to a win over the upset-seeking Lakers.
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