Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers took down the Dallas Mavericks and the point guard had a great night against Luka Doncic, one of the best offensive players in the association. The Slovenian player was held to 19 points by Simmons, who had some encouraging words for himself after the match.
The Australian player scored 4 points less than Doncic but nobody was talking about that but his defensive effort against the 21-year-old, self-proclaiming the best defensive player in the league for the second time in two weeks.
“I do feel like I’m the best defensive player in the league - I can guard 1 through 5," Simmons said in his post-game interview.
Doncic also had the chance to talk about the game, somehow dismissing Simmons' performance, saying that he doesn't care that much about who's guarding him; he's just focused on getting the job done.
"I don't really pay attention to who's on me. I just try to play my game. Sometimes I'm gonna play it better, sometimes worse."
The last time Simmons said he was the best defender in the league and was compared to Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen, Devin Booker went off on him, dropping 36 points. If that wasn't enough, Jordan Clarkson also scored 40 points on Simmons, making things worse for him.
There is no doubt he's great and right now, he's the 2nd-best defensive player in the league, only behind by Rudy Gobert. If he keeps playing at this level, the Sixers will have a real shot at making it to the Finals now that Joel Embiid is taking the load of being the offensive leader of the squad.