Few award races in recent memory have been as contentious as this season's Rookie of the Year debate. In one of the most talented draft classes ever, the battle came down to the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, with the Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum -- who had a fantastic season in his own right -- coming in third.
And in the end, it was Simmons coming away with the honor. The result of the voting was announced Monday night during the NBA's second annual awards show in Los Angeles.
The 6-10 Australian point guard had a tremendous campaign, averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists as he helped the 76ers to a 52-30 record and their first postseason appearance since 2012.
Competition for the honor was not only fierce on the court, but off it as well this season, as both Simmons and Mitchell went after each other with subliminal shots. Even just a few hours before the event, Mitchell was still trolling Simmons, as hein a big van with "Rookie?" painted on it.
It was a continuation of the contention Mitchell and others had throughout the season that Simmons wasn't a "real" rookie or whatever the argument may be. Anyway, the debate is now over, as Simmons is officially the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year.