Ben Simmons explains why he thinks Luka Doncic should win Rookie of the Year

first_imgSimmons was drafted with the top pick in the 2016 draft. But he didn’t play until 2017-18 because of a foot injury that kept him out for all of what should have been his rookie season.That being said, the 22-year-old Australian exploded onto the scene last season. He averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists during his rookie campaign and beat out notable names like the Jazz’s Mitchell and Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum.Doncic and Young were exchanged in a trade on draft day last year and both are already proving to be valuable pieces to their respective teams. Ben Simmons thinks Mavericks guard Luka Doncic should win Rookie of the Year over the Hawks’ Trae Young.The second-year star and 2018 Rookie of the Year winner responded “Luka” when asked Sunday who he would vote for in this year’s race. Young had a bit of a rocky start this season, but has put up eye-popping numbers as of late. He is averaging 25.1 points and 9.3 assists per game since the All-Star break. Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee discuss Lakers missing playoffs “He’s playing better. Like, his team’s winning more games,” Simmons told reporters Monday ahead of Philadelphia’s matchup with Dallas. “Trae Young is killing it. Same as Donovan (Mitchell last year). But it’s just overall I think Luka’s got his team playing a little better.”.@BenSimmons25 says @luka7doncic is the rookie of the year. @PompeyOnSixers with the follow up question of why watch the full clip below! #Lukadoncic #BenSimmons #MFFL pic.twitter.com/lRAixKdXJe— Landon Buford (@LandonBuford) April 1, 2019Doncic is favored to win this year’s Rookie of the Year award. The 19-year-old Slovenian could become the second consecutive international player to take home the honor. He is averaging 21.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2018-19. He leads all first-year players in minutes played and points scored. Related Newslast_img read more

Molina grapples with graffiti, poverty

first_imgCOMMERCE – Supervisor Gloria Molina vowed Wednesday to work more closely with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to target graffiti and launch a community-based policing program throughout Los Angeles County. Molina’s visions were among a list of hot topics the supervisor discussed during a “State of the County” address. Her objectives also came on the heels of improved revenue and favorable budget activity within the county, according to the supervisor. “We are in a very good place,” Molina told business officials during a luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Commerce. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce organized Wednesday’s event, which drew about 80 associates from six cities, including Irwindale and Baldwin Park. According to Molina, L.A. County has seen increased revenue from tax-based profits, home sales and frugal spending habits in recent months. Officials are expected to approve a record $19 billion county budget in June, Molina added. “The key issue is looking at the new dollars and how we’re going to spend them,” Molina said. “I believe the key focus is the quality of life … and the presence of law enforcement is a key component.” Molina emphasized that residents and business people get involved in their community – specifically when it comes to vandalism and blight. She said county funding could aid in fighting graffiti, one of the county’s primary and growing issues. “The best way to eliminate graffiti is not letting them \ take control of any wall in your city – not one,” Molina stressed. “If we can paint over it, these little hoodlums can see that that’s not a wall they can paint.” Maria Avila, a branch manager for Banco Popular in Pico Rivera, said she was impressed by Molina’s approach. “I liked her ideas in knowing she’s involved in the community,” Avila said. “Knowing that these tax dollars are going to good programs – like fighting graffiti – makes a big difference.” The supervisor also reported on the need for health care for residents and employees and discussed the issue of homelessness on a community-by-community level. “It isn’t just a skid row problem. We see it in every single neighborhood,” Molina said. Molina touched on issues regarding traffic congestion and transportation projects throughout Los Angeles. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are making plans for many transportation projects into 2015, Molina said, and it’s urgent that communities from the county’s eastern end get involved in the discussions if they’d like to see projects coming their way. “The business community may not live in the city, but we definitely have a voice,” said Lupe Quintana, a former president of the Pico Rivera chamber. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more