NBA awards: 76ers’ Simmons named Rookie of the Year

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has been named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year after the former No. 1 overall pick helped the team break its five-year playoff drought.Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. The award was presented at Monday night’s NBA Awards show in Santa Monica, Calif.”I’d like to thank my family, to start off with,” Simmons said. “My family, friends, you know I wouldn’t be here without them, and my teammates of course and my great coach (Brett Brown), and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me.”Simmons was taken with the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but a broken foot sidelined him for the 2016-17 season.

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