Jazz fans became familiar with his antics in 2018, when he was outspoken before winning the Rookie of the Year Award over Donovan Mitchell during Simmons second season in the NBA. Once again, Simmons felt the need to make his case for Defensive Player of the Year yesterday when he was being interviewed by Rachel Nichols on ESPN's 'The Jump'. During his interview with Nichols, Simmons made the claim that he should be the clear cut winner over two-time DPOY winner Rudy Gobert.
Last season, Simmons was in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year before a back injury sidelined him for weeks before the NBA's suspension during the regular season. When Simmons was ruled out for an extended period of time, it became clear his chances of winning DPOY would get slimmer each game that goes by where he doesn't play.
Even if you don't believe that he has the best case to win the award, you have to respect Ben Simmons' honesty when it comes to the 2020-21 Defensive Player of the Year race. In a recent interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, the 76ers star was asked whether he agreed with Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers' comments about Simmons being a "lock" for Defensive Player of the Year. Rivers argued that Simmons is unique in that he can cover every position and "literally at times swallows players."