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2018 NBA Awards: Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell selected as finalist for Rookie of the Year

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Donovan Mitchell joins Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum as KIA Rookie of the Year finalists.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz - Game Four Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

The Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell has been selected as a finalist for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. He joins the Boston CelticsJayson Tatum and the Philadelphia 76ersBen Simmons. Donovan Mitchell averaged 20.5 ppp, 3.7 rpg, and 3.7 apg over the course of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season. He also led a team that had lost its two primary scorers, one of them being an All-Star, back to the playoffs and to the second round of the NBA Playoffs while averaging 24.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.2 apg, and 1.2 spg.

While many have favored Ben Simmons during the regular season, it appears that the tide turned after many finally got to see more games of Donovan Mitchell showed out in the NBA Playoffs. Donovan Mitchell was an absolute superstar, routinely being the best player on the court while sharing that same court with the likes of Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, and Chris Paul.

Unfortunately, votes are submitted before the postseason or many voters would be pulling a mulligan and switching their votes over to either Donovan Mitchell or Jayson Tatum after seeing what Tatum has done in Boston’s against the odds run in the Eastern Conference.

The NBA Awards will air on June 25th on TNT.