Joel Embiid for MVP. Shake Milton for Sixth Man of the Year and Ben Simmons for Defensive Player of the Year.
While Milton’s chances of securing Sixth Man of the Year is probably slim, and Embiid’s place in the race for MVP slowly fades as he’s bound to miss a handful of games, Simmons’ chances of winning Defensive Player of the Year remain strong. Simply being named All-Defensive won’t be enough to satisfy the three-time All-Star.
“I take pride in guarding the best player on the floor every night,” Simmons said in February.
“Joel Embiid for MVP, but Ben Simmons is a lock for Defensive Player of the Year,” he said on Tuesday’s edition of The Jump on ESPN. “He guards every position. He’s everywhere. He literally at times swallows players.” h/t Bleacher Report
A lock for Defensive Player of the Year…
A bold but valid claim by the 76ers head coach. As long as Simmons remains healthy and keeps playing at this level, then he’ll certainly be in the conversation when the season wraps up.