Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers agreed on several occasions that his starting guard should win Defensive Player of the Year.
Even Joel Embiid, a guy who’s been looking to take that award home for years now, pined for Simmons to win it not too long ago. Despite being a legitimate DPOY candidate with key names campaigning for him, Simmons still has a major obstacle in front of him. Here’s what Steve Aschburner has to say on listing Gobert as the top dog over Simmons.
“Most defensive stats favor Gobert over Simmons, in the apples vs. oranges comparison of guys handling vastly different defensive roles. But Simmons’ coach Doc Rivers gives no ground to Utah’s Snider in touting his guy. After Simmons messed up the Bulls’ late-game offense last week, the Sixers coach told reporters:”You don’t see me campaigning and I’m not going to, but I’m just gonna say it again, there’s not a better defender in this league.