Former LSU star Ben Simmons named NBA Rookie of the Year

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons beats out Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum for Rookie of the Year

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons beats out Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum for Rookie of the Year

The contentious race for the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year Award will finally come to a close on Monday night, when the victor is announced at the annual NBA Awards Show - but not before Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell gets in some more trolling of the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons.

He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston.

The NBA Awards are being held in Los Angeles and the rookie award was contentious, with Mitchell and others questioning if Simmons should be eligible because he sat out the 2016/17 season injured.

Ben Simmons is the Rookie of the Year! Mitchell even arrived to Monday's awards show in a van that underscored his point.

Simmons becomes the third Sixer to win the award.

Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.

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They had both drawn earlier when they met in the World Cup opener, which makes it two draws for both teams in three group games. Iran were well organised at the back and defended stoically but did not have enough men going forward in the first half.

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James has until Friday to decide whether to opt in to the final year of his $100m Cavs contract but signs suggest the four-time MVP is edging towards free agency.

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Pogba's current focus is on helping France progress in the World Cup , with the French best-placed to finish top of their group. Yet that's exactly what the Manchester United midfielder did when asked a question by a Peruvian journalist at the World Cup .

Mitchell and Tatum made their debuts the year they were drafted.

Last month, Simmons and Mitchell both received flawless scores of 200 by getting 100 first-place votes in all-rookie first-team voting.

While Mitchell ultimately did not get the trophy he so coveted, it was still classy for him to show Simmons such a kind gesture.

"I try not to let the media hype things up or fans or whatever it is just because I know I'm doing what I love and I do what I can on the floor", said Simmons, when asked about the criticism.

He emerged as a leader on a Celtics team that finished with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and was one win away from the NBA Finals despite losing veteran stars Hayward and Kyrie Irving to season-ending injuries. He shot 54.5 percent from the field but did not make a 3-pointer in 11 attempts.

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