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Ben Simmons has been named to the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team.
The 24-year-old Aussie lines up alongside fellow defensive powerhouses Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, and Marcus Smart.
That quartet is then joined by the newly-crowned Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team!@Giannis_An34 @AntDavis23 @BenSimmons25 @rudygobert27 @smart_MS3 pic.twitter.com/n6DqYujeiq
- NBA (@NBA) September 8, 2020
Without a doubt.
:triumph: @BenSimmons25 pic.twitter.com/1j4dDS6lPT
- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) September 8, 2020
It's Simmons' first All-NBA defensive honour after receiving 88 votes.
Incredibly, Simmons' inclusion meant NBA defensive forces Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverley and Bam Adebayo could only make the All-Defensive Second Team.
That in itself is special.
And unsurprisingly, Australian supporters and basketball fans alike were quick to jump on social media to heap praise on he 6-foot-10-inch guard.
One Twitter user posted a two-minute highlights package of Simmons in action which shows just how deadly he was on the defensive side of the court for the Sixers.
And, well, let's just say he more than makes up for his lack of three-pointers.
It seems like an appropriate time to share this video again now that Ben Simmons has been named to the All-Defensive First Team.
Here are some of his best steals of the season (he led the NBA with 2.1 per game) pic.twitter.com/dAJj8m6kVF
- Tom West (@TomWestNBA) September 8, 2020
Simmons, whose Philadelphia 76ers side was sent crashing out of the Playoffs by Boston, led the league in steals per game with an average of 2.1.
But his defensive dominance doesn't stop with the odd steal.
He also averaged 0.6 blocks per game while averaging a total of 5.8 defensive rebounds.
And at the other end of the court he was just as efficient.
Simmons averaged 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 8 assists for the campaign - not bad for just his third season in the NBA.
Here's the 2019-2020 NBA All-Defensive teams!
First team: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, Ben Simmons
Second team: Bam Adebayo, Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi Leonard, Brook Lopez
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