After the Sixers game against the Trail Blazers in Portland on Thursday night, Simmons explained to media members why he thinks that he’s the best defender in the entire NBA.
“I take pride in guarding the best player on the floor every night,” Simmons said. “Best” is a vague term, but Simmons is probably the most versatile defender in the entire league when you consider that he’s tasked with guarding a plethora of positions.
In the play below, Simmons prevents James Harden from getting a return pass by jumping the passing lane. Simmons made the NBA All-Defensive First Team last season but finished fourth in Defensive Player of the Year voting.