Wait, didn’t Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell say he “didn’t care” about the Rookie of the Year race between him and Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons?
Since that statement was made in early April, Mitchell trolled Ben Simmons by wearing a sweatshirt (sponsored by Adidas) that defined the word rookie—an athlete playing in his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team. The question still remains as to whether Simmons is eligible of being a rookie, having been on the Sixers’ roster last year, but not playing due to injury. The NBA says so, but fans feel otherwise.
Whether tweeting/liking a tweet or commenting something on Instagram regarding the Rookie of the Year race, Mitchell has been very active in sending subliminal messages on social media.
Mitchell, who signed a multi-year deal with Adidas shortly after being taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, teamed up with the brand to continue the trolling. And the timing was perfect.
.@spidadmitchell making sure it's known that the ROY debate is far from over 👀
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 27, 2018
The Donovan Mitchell Rookie of the Year campaign has invaded Salt Lake City, Utah with a number of billboards that read “ROOKIE?”
The billboards went up early morning on April 27, the day of the Jazz’s Game 6 faceoff against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mitchell lived up to the billboard hours later, exploding for a career-high 38 points and leading Utah to a 96-91 victory over Oklahoma City, closing out the first round series.
Mitchell rewrote the rookie definition all season by shattering rookie records and making incredible, veteran-like plays, and of course, carrying Utah to the second round in the biggest game of his young career.
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