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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ben Simmons still disappointed over All-Star snub

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons continues to be disappointed about his All-Star Game snub.

Not only was Simmons not among the original 12 players selected for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, but he was passed over three more times. Team LeBron had four players get hurt since picking the All-Star team (DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis and John Wall). The replacements were Paul George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker (one Western Conference and three Eastern Conference players).

Simmons said Friday he’s not sure what else he needs to do to get picked.

Simmons was certainly a candidate as a replacement. Playing his first season, the former No. 1 pick is averaging 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game for the 76ers. Rather than give Philly a second All-Star, it seems they wanted to give other teams like Charlotte, Detroit and Miami their first All-Star, which is understandable. It’s not like any of the three replacements were not deserving.

Simmons will make plenty of All-Star teams in the future. And he definitely had more of a claim than Jaylen Brown, who was similarly upset about being snubbed.

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