DUAL PERSPECTIVES | Donovan Mitchell for Rookie of the Year

Photo credit: Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

Photo credit: Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

Slightly reminiscent of the run between Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony in '03, the basketball world seems to be fully engaged in who could potentially be Rookie of the Year.  Although it has taken me a while to get around to my side of this argument, I've spoken about Donovan Mitchell a few times this season. As the NBA playoffs are winding down and the debate of who deserves to be Rookie of the Year continues, there is no doubt in my mind who the title rightfully belongs to, even though B. Braxton seems to have a different idea. {Read why Ben Simmons should be ROTY...}

Not only is it refreshing to see an underdog like the Utah Jazz do so well in the playoffs, it's also nice to see a freshman guard who is on fire this season and still has so much room to grow. What I love the most is the confidence he plays with, never shying away from taking a shot under pressure and putting up a rebound dunk at the rim. With the numbers he's put up in the playoffs alone, the boy has a crazy skill set and undeniable talent that makes him an elite player already. His ability and willingness to carry the burden where his team lacks, especially in shots completed, is quite impressive and makes him an outstanding asset in Utah. 

I'll be honest in admitting that Ben Simmons has the juice too and neither are particularly lacking defensively either. However, the notorious question still remains: Is Ben Simmons technically a rookie? Regardless of what the circumstances were during his first official season in the league, he still had an obvious advantage that Mitchell didn't by being exposed to the NBA for a full year before the draft class of 2017 was instated.  It's not anything against Ben Simmons, but my affinity for Donovan is unwavering.