Ben Simmons has won the NBA Rookie of the Year award for the 2017-2018 NBA season. Simmons won the award in a tight race between him, Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum. Simmons was the first overall pick in the 2016 draft but missed the 2016-2017 season with an injury, thus qualifying him for the award this year. This rookie of the year was the closet in a long time as fans and analysts were arguing back and forth over who was deserving of the award. It went so far that Mitchell even wore a hoodie that said rookie with a definition of the word, insinuating that Simmons was not, in fact, a rookie. Simmons, Tatum and Mitchell each made all-rookie first team. Simmons is only the third rookie in the past thirty years to win the award with Allen Iverson and Michael Carter Williams being the other two to win the award in that time span.
Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists & 1.7 steals and helped the Sixers make the playoffs as the third seed and advance to the second round for the first time since 2012.