Ben Simmons is Defensive Player of the Year worthy | The Atlantic Files Ep174

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The Atlantic Division has had a couple of notable situations take place in just the last week. Derrick Rose has been traded to the New York Knicks and Ben Simmons said he’s the best defender in the NBA.

Neither of these things really has changed the landscape of the league nor the Atlantic Division itself. Some people might be enthralled with Rose going to New York, but in reality, it isn’t moving the needle in either way.

Derrick Rose has one of the most inspiring stories in NBA history and he has worked incredibly hard to still be a meaningful contributor on a team. While his experience and skill set will be useful in New York, it’s not going to push them any further than they were already projected.

Then, we have Ben Simmons catching a lot of flack for what he said in a post-game presser. Confidence is key in any sport, especially on the defensive side of the ball in the NBA. His defense has been noted by a lot of people across the league, but fans keep letting his jump shot overshadow anything else he does.

Finally, we have gotten a second round of NBA All-Star voting returns. The top vote-getters are not surprising at all. We’ve seen them there before and they probably will continue to be the top voted players for years to come. The fringe players are the ones that are surprising though. Alex Caruso, Derrick Rose, and Russell Westbrook getting the same or more votes as someone like Fred VanVleet? Make it make sense!

All of that and more on the latest episode below!

Timestamps:

2:00 – Derrick Rose traded to the New York Knicks

7:20 – Ben Simmons says he’s the best defender in the NBA

11:30 – 2021 NBA All-Star voting returns

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