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Despite the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season coming to an end a few weeks ago, Monday was a big night since awards were handed out across the league, including the popular Rookie of the Year award, which the Philadelphia 76ers were hoping to see Ben Simmons take home the honors. The award has previously been won by the likes of Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, and Michael Jordan.

"Wow, ' said Simmons, accepting the award in Los Angeles on Monday".

"I'd like to thank my family and friends to start with".

Guard Tom Abercrombie told 1 NEWS he was "excited" to square off against the National Basketball Association team as part of this year's pre-season exhibition, which sees NBL sides face off against National Basketball Association teams.

Mitchell and other critics were vocal in questioning whether Simmons should be eligible for the award.

Unsurprisingly, Simmons is the first Australian to ever claim Rookie of the Year honours.

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Mitchell wore pointed shirts to games, including one that defined the word rookie as: 'An athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team'.

"I remember watching him as a kid do his thing there as an incredible player and obviously there's a good connection there which has helped set up the opportunity".

"That doesn't take anything away from Jayson or Donovan".

The award is decided by members of the United States and Canadian sports media. The 13th overall pick posted 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest and helped the Jazz to a 48-34 record.

Simmons, meanwhile, was exposed in the playoffs by the Celtics for his inability to make mid-range and three-point shots.

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