SIXERS JOJO AND BENNY ARE UP FOR POSTSEASON HONORS!

By Jack Ryan

The Sixers may be done for the season on the court, but two players are definitely alive on the ballot:

Rookie of the Year

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell – Taken with the 13th overall pick, Mitchell spent the season making those who passed on him regret their decision.

SIXERS Ben Simmons – After spending a year on the sidelines with a foot injury, Simmons’ rookie season proved to be well worth the wait.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum – The third overall pick played a significant role for the Celtics from the get-go and finished the season ranked eight in the NBA with a three-point percentage of 43.4%.

Defensive Player of the Year

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis – The MVP candidate led the league in blocks (2.57 per game) and ranked 15th in steals (1.53 per game).

Utah’s Rudy Gobert – The Jazz boasted an NBA-best defensive rating of 97.5 in the final 38 games of the season after Gobert returned from a knee injury.

SIXERS Joel Embiid – The Sixers had a defensive rating of 99.9 with Embiid on the court and 111.1 with him off.

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