Earlier this year
Gobert wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Simmons second
Rudy Gobert with 84/100 first place votes. Ben Simmons got 15 of the remainder.
Maybe defensive prowess/focus is something of a safe place for someone scared of shooting, but still, to be judged second best in the toughest league on the planet is superb. Especially where Simmons defends multiple positions and faces down some of the elite and most versatile all-time scoring talent.
Simmons (15 first place votes, 67 second, 11 third)
Thybulle (one third place vote)