NBA All-Star Starters: Ben Simmons snubbed | 94 WIP

NBA All-Star Starters: Ben Simmons snubbed | 94 WIP

Last season Ben Simmons made a late charge towards being selected for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game as injuries took hold of the Eastern Conference, while he blitzed through his Rookie of the Year campaign. But not enough media and players felt the same way.

The West starters are LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Paul George.

With his numbers up across the board, this season Simmons is averaging 16.6 points per game, 9.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists, with only two other players in the league putting up those stats, they just happen to be Russell Westbrook and LeBron James.

Either way, Simmons should get a reserve nod from his coaches.


The All-Star starters are determined by a combination of the fan vote, which counts 50 percent, and the players and media voting, which count for 25 percent each.

Jimmy Butler finished fifth amongst Eastern Conference front court players and will also need the blessing of the coaches to make the game as a reserve.

Leonard was one of three frontcourt choices in the East, along with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid.

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website). Among the notable snubs based on fan voting: Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, who was second in the West frontcourt voting; Minnesota's Derrick Rose, who out-polled Harden for the No. 2 spot in the West guard voting; and Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who fans voted second among East guards in his 16th and final National Basketball Association season. James was a captain last season, while this will be Antetokounmpo's first time as a captain. Not to mention, a team that's one of the top four squads in its conference should typically have more than one All-Star. He has led the Raptors in scoring on 31 occasions, and ranks second on the team with 11 double-doubles.


Dwyane Wade, who is playing in his final season in the National Basketball Association, is in a similar situation like Rose.

The NBA All-Star game is in Charlotte this year, and Kemba Walker will be the hometown kid during the fun three-day event at the Spectrum Center.

The 2019 All-Star Game will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 17.


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