Ben Simmons has first team All-Defense in sight
The Philly Inquirer’s Kieth Pompey tweeted a video of the Sixers guard, claiming that he wants to make it to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 23, 2018
Simmons explains that he wants to garner the respect of everyone in the league. He certainly has gained the respect of his peers after showcasing his athleticism, excellent court vision, and exceptional passing skills in his first full run in the league last season, en route to winning the Rookie of the Year award.
The Australian-born stud certainly has what it takes to be one of the league’s best defenders. Standing 6-foot-10 and weighing 230 pounds, Simmons boasts a unique package of size, strength, versatility, and quickness to be able to guard all five positions on the court.
In fact, he was already being lauded for his defensive acumen as a rookie. In addition to averaging 6.3 defensive rebounds, 1.7 steals, and a shade under one block per game, Simmons ranked second in defensive win shares and finished ninth in defensive rating in the 2017-18 season.
Despite these All-Defensive Team worthy statistics, he ultimately was not one of the ten players named to the two defensive teams last season, which included fellow teammate Joel Embiid.
This should only serve as motivation for Simmons to work harder and study more game tape on how to be a more effective defender. He looks to join Embiid on the All-Defensive team and the All-NBA team as well as the 76ers have high hopes and expectations for this upcoming season.