PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Trae Young might be in trouble on Friday night. Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert won his third Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday, beating out the Sixers’ Ben Simmons and Golden State’s Draymond Green. Gobert helped the Jazz to the best record in the NBA.
Gobert had the most total blocked shots and defensive rebounds in the league this season and became the fourth player to win the award at least three times. A night after a game-sealing blocked shot in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, Gobert received 84 first-place votes and 464 points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.READ MORE: Police: 2 Teens In Car Shot At Red Light In Philadelphia's Olney Neighborhood
Simmons was second with 15 first-place votes and 287 points, while Green was third with 76 points.
Gobert was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace each won it four times and Dwight Howard three.
This comes after Denver’s Nikola Jokic beat out Joel Embiid for the NBA MVP.
For what it’s worth, Simmons scored a career-high 42 points against Gobert and the Jazz in February.
Sixers Twitter wasn’t too pleased with Gobert edging Simmons.
— Sean Bell (@seanbelllive) June 10, 2021
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) June 10, 2021
Should’ve been Bens year pic.twitter.com/pb3w7oAHbd
— Mismatch (@Mismatchsports) June 10, 2021
— Anthony Gargano (@AnthonyLGargano) June 10, 2021READ MORE: 14 Arrested On More Than 120 Charges Related To NorthPak Gang Violence In Wilmington
— The Liberty Line (@LibertyLinePHL) June 10, 2021
— playoff shamus (@shamus_clancy) June 10, 2021
Ben Simmons robbed. Can defend all 5 positions better than anyone since Scottie #DPOY
— Ben (@benno_76) June 10, 2021
A general consensus among Sixers fans is that Simmons should use this as extra motivation.
After his forgetful Game 1 performance against the Wizards where he scored just six points, including 0 for 6 from the free-throw line, Simmons exploded with a 22-point game with nine rebounds, two steals and a block.
If he does that again after this, Young may be in for a tough night on Friday night in Game 3.
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Trae Young scored 4 points on 2/5 FG, registered 4 assists against Ben Simmons last night.#Aboutlastnightflow
— Austin Krell (@NBAKrell) June 9, 2021
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