The Ben Simmons-Donovan Mitchell beef over Rookie of the Year became a feast for fans and brands

13 dec 2020
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In April of 2018, Ben Simmons said he’d “100%” choose himself as rookie of the year. This is a good, normal amount of self-confidence for a player who has been putting up triple-double left and right all season. Nothing wrong with that. Sure, he did then go on to add that no other rookies had done so much as caught his attention that year ...
Meanwhile Donovan Mitchell was a breakout rookie sensation. For example he won the dunk contest, had multiple games over 40 points, and was leading Utah to the playoffs in the competitive West. When he heard Simmons' comments, he decided to get his attention- by wearing a hoodie that questioned Simmon’s status as a rookie in the first place.
You see, Ben Simmons was drafted in 2016, but was injured all season, so according to NBA rules, he counted as a rookie in 2018. According to Mitchell’s hoodies, one emblazoned with the dictionary definition of the word “rookie”, one that simply said “rookie?”, Simmons’ status wasn’t so clear cut.
Both players insisted any and all taunts, digs, or hoodies were lighthearted. So, the media, the shoe companies, and most importantly, the fans took it upon themselves to pump bad blood through that light heart. Leaving us with a beef that took on a life of its own, one in which Simmons and Mitchell were merely avatars representing the two sides. They might not have really hated each other, but there was still plenty of hate to go around.
Written and produced by: Clara Morris
Directed and edited by: Jiazhen Zhang
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  • Hope the Nets and Bucks meet in the playoffs a couple years so we get Giannis vs Harden

    Original JOriginal J13 timmar sedan
  • Mitchell easily, a legit rookie that led his team to the Playoffs

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  • Kyrie/Bron

    Dave PeterzDave PeterzDag sedan
  • Sorry but Ben Simmons is already a 3 time rookie of the year going for his 4th so there’s no competition there.

    Isaac JohnIsaac JohnDag sedan
  • And what if I told you 3 years ago that Mitchell would be way better than him lmao

    Matthew weissMatthew weissDag sedan
  • HAHA adidas spent so much time & money on a horrible advertisement campaign & lost

    Kyle FosterKyle Foster2 dagar sedan
  • Ben simmons is a better overall player by far

    Kyle FosterKyle Foster2 dagar sedan
  • As a Jazz fan in Salt Lake I can easily say people bought into this beef hard for a while I thought I was the only Jazz that didn't hate Ben Simmons

    DaleDale3 dagar sedan
  • If by “Southwest” you mean Utah, how can we trust anything else that is said in this video?

    ajenks9ajenks97 dagar sedan
  • Beef?

    Adam RimarAdam Rimar9 dagar sedan
  • This beef is “random fans say random things and some players liked a few photos on Instagram.”

    Ricky CarrilloRicky Carrillo10 dagar sedan
  • I don’t know why Nike didn’t take Mitchell

    Star BlazeStar Blaze11 dagar sedan
  • My favourite was the Ben Simmons bill ordered that was put up. "Not a rookie - THE rookie!"

    Z NiktoZ Nikto13 dagar sedan
  • 76ers are the real losers cause Jaylen brown was in that same draft class and is better. Edit: Also Jayson is better than both Simmons and Mitchell.

    Haunted HaunterHaunted Haunter13 dagar sedan
  • KD vs Draymond, Steph vs Harden, or Steph vs Russ would be great beefs

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  • kawhi vs fame please

    El PacinoEl Pacino16 dagar sedan
  • Ik this was gonna be a video years ago lol

    EB IIIEB III16 dagar sedan
  • It’s more of Jazz fans being salty because Mitchel didn’t win the award

    Luke EdwardsLuke Edwards19 dagar sedan
  • bart simpson be moving up in life

    Jays WorldJays World19 dagar sedan
  • donovan mitchell shouldve won, he played in the harder conference

    danieldaniel21 dag sedan
  • Dave Simmons (father) played for the Sydney Kings.

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  • Jayson Tatum : Where am i at?

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  • Jayson Tatum is way better than both of them

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  • These guys literally acting like women. Not surprising for basketball players but still dissapointing

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  • Simmons didn’t deserve it at all Simmons the fact he can’t shoot speaks for itself no nba player shouldn’t be allowed to not shoot the ball and win awards

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  • Where's the not just a rookie, the rookie van? You didn't wanna mention it? 😂

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  • Another throwback, but how about the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York (baseball) Giants?

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  • Or a specific beef year, such as 1997 Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls?

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  • Simmons has more brand recognition because he’s so unorthodox. That’s why he won roy

    AozotraAozotra25 dagar sedan
  • Or how about team beefs, like Ohio State and Michigan?

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  • It's a throwback, but how about Ty Cobb's beef with Babe Ruth?

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  • Reggie Miller Untitled please

    Dave CartmillDave Cartmill26 dagar sedan
  • ben won in the end anyway lol

    Jake DewedoffJake Dewedoff27 dagar sedan
  • It was a summer league game Simmons hurt his foot not training camp. I was at that game so just wanted to make that clear

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  • Yankees vs Boston

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  • As a Jazz fan, I hope these two meet in the Finals. Mainly because of my bias, but also I can smell the reheated beef already...

    Jackson HJackson H27 dagar sedan
    • As a Sixers fan I agree. I would love to easily sweep our way to a championship

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  • And constructed by the nba

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  • Even though they blew a 3-1 lead in the playoffs. Trading away donovan on draft night is going to haunt me as a nuggets fan for years to come

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  • They missed the part where people call ben Simmons every year

    Łance FontenotŁance Fontenot29 dagar sedan
  • Utah is not Southwest of Philadelphia.

    Spencer YamadaSpencer Yamada29 dagar sedan
  • 3 seasons later and Mitchell has improved so much while Ben Simmons has not shown much improvement.

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  • The narrator's voice is sleep inducing. Great story though. Terrifically written by her

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  • Fans suck

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  • If Ben can fix his shooting then he will be a star at best, and even embiid to me isn’t that great all the time sometimes he shows promise and other times he’s average n other times he’s weak/trash which is weird but at least as a big man has a better shot than Ben lmao smh which should be embarrassing lol

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  • That weasley voice🤣

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  • I think Donovan has surely surpassed Ben in popularity and production as of now....maybe not defensively Ben is a beast on D.

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  • Simmons got 90 first place votes, mitchell got 11. It wasn't a race.

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  • I like her voice. I don't know why. I just do.

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  • tbh honest tho..Mitchel should have won

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  • I think Mitchell has surpassed Simmons in skill

    Dan FirstDan FirstMånad sedan
  • bad voice over. claire does not have the voice to pull this off. bad video too since this was never really a beef. it was fans vs fans, not player vs player. no beef, bad vid.

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  • Team Mitchell all the way

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  • Ben is better it's kinda simple therefore he got the award. Pretty basic

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  • this was really good!

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  • jimmy bulter vs tj warren viedo could be pure gold

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    • ben simmons vs jared dudly would've been a better viedo too

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  • Donovan Mitchell deserved that

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  • Good vid as always, but I'm pretty sure Adidas isn't "of the people"

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  • Who is the narrator? She is GREAT

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  • This chick isn't easy to listen to. What happened SB?

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  • Damn imagine the nuggets keeping Donavon Mitchell and had him him paired up along with Jamal Murray & Jokic together 😩

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  • I never knew they had beef.

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  • Mitchell > Ben

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  • Shoulda been Mitchell’s 😂

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  • If it’s your first time doing something you’re a rookie at it. Bottom Line

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  • jazz fans and sizers fans are two of the worst fanbases in the nba

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  • I think the “not a rookie” chants by my fellow Celtics fans was for Tatum... Edit: to clarify, I mean it was directed at Ben Simmons but to argue Tatum as ROTY

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  • Why she sound like a poor mans Doris

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  • Donovan is better just saying

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  • Why does Ben Simmons think he's Kobe with that Jeremy Lin type beat comment on Donovan Mitchell. "Any rookies impressed you?" "None"

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  • Would’ve been so funny if jayson Tatum won instead

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  • This is one of the weakest beefs I've seen that couldve been much shorter

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  • I’m not gonna lie, Mitchell totally should’ve won ROY and their careers after this season is also solid evidence of this

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  • Aka a very bullshit beef by people who just want drama

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  • Jazz got the most racist and mean fans

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  • Tatum was robbed of this title....

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  • It's a beef by the people,for the people...of the basically it's a democratic beef..hmm😂

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  • Ngl saying Donovan Mitchell deserved that award always gets on my brothers nerves.

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  • Guardiola vs. Mourinho, please!

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  • Kyrie vs everybody

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  • Paul George vs Backboards would be dope to see 👌🏾

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  • helloooooo Blake Griffin did the same thing and no one complained abt it? don't understand why Simmons got flack over it

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  • Do a Qwame brown vs Steven A Smith beef history 😂

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    • This is funny

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