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Ben Simmons on why he’s DPOY over Rudy Gobert: ‘He guarded me … I had 42 and apparently I’m not a scorer’ – CBS Sports

Sixers coach Doc Rivers called Simmons a ‘lock’ for Defensive Player of the Year

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When Ben Simmons competes with a member of the Utah Jazz for a major award, the race tends to get a bit testy. In 2018, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell wore a hoodie with the definition of the word “rookie” as part of his Rookie of the Year campaign against Simmons, as Simmons had sat out a year before beginning his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. 
This season, he’s competing with Jazz center Rudy Gobert for the Defensive Player of the Year award. His coach Doc Rivers recently called him a “lock”…

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