Ben Simmons Ranked Top Defender in Anonymous NBA Coaches Poll amid Trade Rumors

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons plays during Game 7 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Ben Simmons' value may have reached a nadir following a horrid playoff showing, but coaches around the NBA still recognize his defensive talent.

Simmons was named the NBA's best defensive player in a survey of coaches conducted by Jon Krawczynski and Josh Robbins of The Athletic. The Sixers All-Star edged out three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert in what was essentially a two-man race.

Simmons received seven of a possible 13 first-place votes to Gobert's five. Draymond Green came in third in the poll and was the only other player to receive a first-place vote.

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