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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