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

13 Th12, 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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  • 7:27 ok but that's pretty damn funny

    Matthew WuMatthew Wu2 giờ trước
  • Ben Simmons wasn't a rookie.

    Joshua FrickJoshua Frick2 ngày trước
  • Ayy Clara Morris

    Elliott HenryElliott Henry3 ngày trước
  • Simmons is a weird dude. He says some weird stuff..

    Bat ManBat Man3 ngày trước
  • High key should've been a tie

    Colton CaseyColton Casey5 ngày trước
  • Y’all just be looking for stuff sometimes there was no on court problems just text on news articles and tweets no real problems like others nba players with real beef

    Jayson MollettJayson Mollett6 ngày trước
  • Lady who never played sports says, " Van gundy kinda says stuff" lol its nothing funnier than hearing useless commentators talk about players and coaches when they never achieved a pick up game win lmao

    BIG DAWGBIG DAWG7 ngày trước
  • need the guy back this bih voice annoying

    Kaden San JoseKaden San Jose7 ngày trước
  • You suck at narrating

    Joe McClellanJoe McClellan9 ngày trước
  • People have to much time on they hands to do this much research

    Really DoeReally Doe12 ngày trước
  • They had beef! What?!

    Lone AlburyLone Albury13 ngày trước
  • Tatum ended up being the best when I came to the playoffs

    GavinGamesGavinGames14 ngày trước
  • Tatum should have won

    Juwop DeniroJuwop Deniro15 ngày trước
  • Donovan was definitely robbed at this. Ben Simmons was drafted on 2016, not 2017.

    Ulysses VillasanUlysses Villasan15 ngày trước
  • If Gordon Hayward never left the Jazz, I feel like they coulda been a legit dynasty.

    Rob GRob G15 ngày trước
  • This is honestly one of the NBA's dumbest rules.

    revolt81revolt8116 ngày trước
  • This same exact thing happened to John Wall when Blake Griffin win RotY...

    revolt81revolt8116 ngày trước
  • Ben Simmons is literally a make a wish kid, why is he in the league?

    Fischer AdamsFischer Adams16 ngày trước
  • Beef? What about Christopher Kimball versus America's Test Kitchen? That's some real beef for you..

    Keith KelsonKeith Kelson20 ngày trước
  • I still can't stand Ben Simmons...

    Malachi AdkinsMalachi Adkins21 ngày trước
  • Ben Simmons ROY, period. Its about logic.

    veneaussieveneaussie21 ngày trước
  • 1:19 subtitle over embid that says hooray for my friend

    Conner ShuttzConner Shuttz21 ngày trước
  • Do a “Shaq vs any player that played after the 1990s” beef

    Dragon KingDragon King23 ngày trước
  • The Jazz vs 76ers in the finals would be an interesting addition to this beef

    Quantum BeatsQuantum Beats23 ngày trước
  • Love these videos but not this chick, idk her voice annoying

    squidsquid23 ngày trước
  • Phil Jackson vs Carmelo and Lebron.

    Bts054 O54Bts054 O5424 ngày trước
  • Kinda cool they hited Timmy Turner to narrate this video.

    I Am ProdAGI Am ProdAG24 ngày trước
  • The roomy poet longitudinally replace because orange undeniably happen plus a shut bakery. cloudy, vivacious twist

    Tony DarosaTony Darosa26 ngày trước
  • I'm sorry your voice is so harsh it's hard to listen to. Please put a compressor on it in the future. Great content but the voice is literally distorting. Can't make it through the vid. Someone please tell me who won the beef

    Johan CruyffJohan Cruyff27 ngày trước
  • The sparkling disadvantage realistically compare because flugelhorn tinctorially shock per a deserted egg. hanging, worthless peen

    Matthew ZielinskiMatthew Zielinski29 ngày trước
  • This video was so good holy crap. Great work

    Shane WortleyShane WortleyTháng trước
  • I’d rather have Simmons. Smaller guys who rely on quickness to score fall off steeply in the NBA after they lose a step. Donovan is a nice player for now.

    TSL999TSL999Tháng trước
  • It should've been Don he got better stats and performance

    J.J.Tháng trước
  • So Denver Could've Have - PG - Donovan Mitchell SG - Jamal Murray SF - Bol Bol PF - Nikola Jokic C - Rudy Gobert

    NukeNukeTháng trước
  • Yikes, this presenter is utter poopy...

    SeGa32xXxSeGa32xXxTháng trước
  • No beef cause Mitchell shoot 43% for this career n its funny cause thats john wall n russell career average only deference is Russell n wall average more that 8 assist for the career michtel is it 4. Not saying hey womt get better but all he does is shot. He can't defend rebound ur assist. Ben CANT SHOT TO SAVE HIS LIFE but after that tell me what he cant do . u can cause he does everything else

    Chris LongChris LongTháng trước
  • Whos here after Ben son'd Mitchell in Philly. Again.

    Deadboy90Deadboy90Tháng trước
  • Who here after Mitch got ejected cause he got mad he was getting clamped and then blamed the refs 🙋‍♂️

    Butter Nuggets22Butter Nuggets22Tháng trước
  • It’s funny now that Simmons is worse than both Mitchell and Tatum

    Clayton ForemanClayton ForemanTháng trước
    • He is? Explain so? Both players are better game by gamer scorers, but Ben can drop their numbers if he has to. Ben does EVERYTHING else better.

      Rob774Rob774Tháng trước
  • My body

    Adrian LazaroAdrian LazaroTháng trước
  • Sorry, but I just can't stand this lady's voice and jokes....

    Bryan SughrueBryan SughrueTháng trước
  • F*** Donovan Mitchell

    Bryan HarrisBryan HarrisTháng trước
  • Mitchell flat out lied about not caring because he proceeding to wear Adidas Shirts attacking Simmons on multiple occasions. Mitchell is the least likable NBA player in the league.

    Bryan HarrisBryan HarrisTháng trước
  • Is it really beef when it is one-sided? Mitchell was the only one complaining as he always does. Simmons was the rightful winner and couldn't have cared less about Mitchell's complaining.

    Bryan HarrisBryan HarrisTháng trước
  • It's sad that Simmons hasn't really improved offensively. I still think that his rookie season was offensively his best season because he hasn't been that aggressive ever since then. He is relying to much on Embiid. Defensively he has improved (he was always a great defender). I miss rookie Simmons, I think it was his best season yet.

    Cedric AsdfghjklCedric AsdfghjklTháng trước
    • @Max Carrillo ^THIS!!!^

      Rob774Rob774Tháng trước
    • Clearly a casual who hasn’t watched the sixers at all

      Max CarrilloMax CarrilloTháng trước
  • Beef History: Paul George vs the Side of the Backboard

    Ulquiorra CiferUlquiorra CiferTháng trước
  • And the guy who finished in 3rd place that year, Jayson Tatum is better than both of them

    Jordan DavisJordan DavisTháng trước
    • Cap, back ston ain’t going nowhere with 2 mediocre all stars

      Max CarrilloMax CarrilloTháng trước
  • ngl i feel like this kinda bias to Simmons

    Adarius PateAdarius PateTháng trước
  • When they meet Simmons has clearly been the better player and Mitchell goes into his shell

    Peter NutPeter NutTháng trước
  • This video was too early! It's coming back!

    Vincent CalapinoVincent CalapinoTháng trước

      Vincent CalapinoVincent CalapinoTháng trước
  • 5:35 donovan mitchell looks like a darker ben simmons..

    Mitchell DonaldsonMitchell DonaldsonTháng trước
  • Hope the Nets and Bucks meet in the playoffs a couple years so we get Giannis vs Harden

    Original JOriginal JTháng trước
  • Mitchell easily, a legit rookie that led his team to the Playoffs

    ssandroAle gesBorssandroAle gesBorTháng trước
    • So it's Simmons fault that he plays with Embeast?

      Rob774Rob774Tháng trước
  • Kyrie/Bron

    Dave PeterzDave PeterzTháng trước
  • 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 JohnTháng trước
  • And what if I told you 3 years ago that Mitchell would be way better than him lmao

    Matthew weissMatthew weissTháng trước
    • But he's not. Scoring more... when you shoot over 30 times a game is not exactly being a better player. Simmons is better in almost every other stat.

      Rob774Rob774Tháng trước
    • Then you’d be lying

      Max CarrilloMax CarrilloTháng trước
  • HAHA adidas spent so much time & money on a horrible advertisement campaign & lost

    Kyle FosterKyle FosterTháng trước
  • Ben simmons is a better overall player by far

    Kyle FosterKyle FosterTháng trước
  • 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

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

    ajenks9ajenks9Tháng trước
  • Beef?

    Adam RimarAdam Rimar2 tháng trước
  • This beef is “random fans say random things and some players liked a few photos on Instagram.”

    Ricky CarrilloRicky Carrillo2 tháng trước
  • I don’t know why Nike didn’t take Mitchell

    Star BlazeStar Blaze2 tháng trước
  • My favourite was the Ben Simmons bill ordered that was put up. "Not a rookie - THE rookie!"

    Z NiktoZ Nikto2 tháng trước
  • 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 Haunter2 tháng trước
    • @Rob774 Brown is 100% better than Ben. Ben is a better defender, but Brown is still a good defender and way better on offense. The edit was just so I could reiterate that Jayson is better cause that’s a common argument between the fan bases.

      Haunted HaunterHaunted HaunterTháng trước
    • First of Second of all, if you are saying "Jayson" as in Tatum, he wasn't in the Simmons draft.

      Rob774Rob774Tháng trước
  • KD vs Draymond, Steph vs Harden, or Steph vs Russ would be great beefs

    Ryan MurrayRyan Murray2 tháng trước
  • kawhi vs fame please

    El PacinoEl Pacino2 tháng trước
  • Ik this was gonna be a video years ago lol

    EB IIIEB III2 tháng trước
  • It’s more of Jazz fans being salty because Mitchel didn’t win the award

    Aqua KripAqua Krip2 tháng trước
  • bart simpson be moving up in life

    Jays WorldJays World2 tháng trước
  • donovan mitchell shouldve won, he played in the harder conference

    danieldaniel2 tháng trước
  • Dave Simmons (father) played for the Sydney Kings.

    12from12112from1212 tháng trước
  • Jayson Tatum : Where am i at?

    GieroGiero2 tháng trước
  • I bet the Nuggets regret trading Mitchell

    Mr. MurphyMr. Murphy2 tháng trước
  • Jayson Tatum is way better than both of them

    Raees AliRaees Ali2 tháng trước
  • These guys literally acting like women. Not surprising for basketball players but still dissapointing

    IforgotmyusernameIforgotmyusername2 tháng trước
  • Where's the not just a rookie, the rookie van? You didn't wanna mention it? 😂

    Hoshiumi KoraiHoshiumi Korai2 tháng trước
  • Another throwback, but how about the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York (baseball) Giants?

    Michael JordanMichael Jordan2 tháng trước
  • Or a specific beef year, such as 1997 Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls?

    Michael JordanMichael Jordan2 tháng trước
  • Simmons has more brand recognition because he’s so unorthodox. That’s why he won roy

    AozotraAozotra2 tháng trước
  • Or how about team beefs, like Ohio State and Michigan?

    Michael JordanMichael Jordan2 tháng trước
  • It's a throwback, but how about Ty Cobb's beef with Babe Ruth?

    Michael JordanMichael Jordan2 tháng trước
  • Reggie Miller Untitled please

    Dave CartmillDave Cartmill2 tháng trước
  • ben won in the end anyway lol

    Jake DewedoffJake Dewedoff2 tháng trước
  • 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

    Moses ManningMoses Manning2 tháng trước
  • Yankees vs Boston

    Money GameMoney Game2 tháng trước
  • 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 H2 tháng trước
    • As a Sixers fan I agree. I would love to easily sweep our way to a championship

      Plus150Plus1502 tháng trước
  • And constructed by the nba

    LliNNDOLliNNDO2 tháng trước
  • 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

    TheSlouched SlothTheSlouched Sloth2 tháng trước
  • They missed the part where people call ben Simmons every year

    Łance FontenotŁance Fontenot2 tháng trước
  • Utah is not Southwest of Philadelphia.

    Spencer YamadaSpencer Yamada2 tháng trước
  • 3 seasons later and Mitchell has improved so much while Ben Simmons has not shown much improvement.

    Juan DiazJuan Diaz2 tháng trước
  • The narrator's voice is sleep inducing. Great story though. Terrifically written by her

    Paul RobinsonPaul Robinson2 tháng trước
  • Fans suck

    shootatsquareshootatsquare2 tháng trước
  • 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

    Ruisu-214Ruisu-2142 tháng trước
  • That weasley voice🤣

    Zayne SimonZayne Simon2 tháng trước
  • Jordan vs Thomas would be a great beef segment.

    The Man CandyThe Man Candy2 tháng trước
  • I think Donovan has surely surpassed Ben in popularity and production as of now....maybe not defensively Ben is a beast on D.

    CATOCATO2 tháng trước
  • Simmons got 90 first place votes, mitchell got 11. It wasn't a race.

    Luke NgoLuke Ngo2 tháng trước
  • The snobbish switch inadvertently drown because change reassembly concern following a lush shoe. simple, legal orchestra

    Exhibit ProductionsExhibit Productions2 tháng trước