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Australian NBA champion Andrew Bogut says compatriot Ben Simmons is night and day ahead of Donovan Mitchell in the race to be crowned the league’s Rookie of the Year.
The 6’10 point guard from Melbourne is turning in one of the greatest rookie seasons in NBA history, playing an instrumental role in helping the Philadelphia 76ers return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. Simmons, 21, has posted a franchise-leading 12 triple-doubles this campaign — the second-most ever by a rookie — and in March became the first rookie since Oscar Robertson to claim 600 rebounds and dish off 600 assists.
The kid is a phenomenon. He is going to be one of the best, not just Australian players, but one of the best to play the game from his generation, Bogut told ESPN.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers after the game at Mikkel Boedker Jersey the Wells Fargo Center. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
He does a lot of things very, very well, he has the athleticism and can impact in multiple facets of the game. He just knows how to play the right way and is very unselfish.
He can have a horrible shooting night and still get you 10 boards and 10 assists and a couple of steals and blocks, so he’s a guy you can keep out there. He’s not one dimensional.
The thing I really like about Ben is he has an unbelievable body as far as athleticism and wingspan. If you made a basketballer from scratch, he’d look like Ben Simmons.
The NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award will be announced on Monday, June 25.
Foltynewicz overcame two walks, two wild pitches and a hit batter.
On a team like this, that’s so good it’s easy to get pumped up and spiral out of control (emotionally), Foltynewicz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I’ve learned over the past few years to kind of slow things down, just get where you’re comfortable and know your game out there.
The win improved Foltynewicz’s record to 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA in seven starts against Washington.
Strasburg (1-1, 3.65) didn’t pitch against the Braves (6-4) in Atlanta but is looking to bounce back from a rough outing against New York in which he allowed four runs and five hits — including two home runs — in six innings of an 8-2 loss to the Mets.
He struck out six, walked two and balked in a run.
I think it’s, for me, it’s trying to keep it close, try to keep the team in the game as long as I can, Strasburg told MASN.com. I was still able to do that, but at the same time, I know mistakes were made and I paid the price for it. Sometimes you get away with them. But this time I didn’t and that’s baseball.
Strasburg is 10-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 27 games against the Braves.
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