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NBA Hates Nice Things, Picks Drummond Over Simmons For All-Star Game

The NBA could have added Ben Simmons to Team LeBron for the All-Star Game, but they chose Andre Drummond because... who likes fun?

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, we learned that Washington Wizards’ point guard John Wall is scheduled to undergo a procedure on his left knee on Wednesday and will miss at least the next six weeks.

Wall’s injury opened up a spot on Team LeBron for next month’s All-Star Game, but much to the chagrin of Philadelphia 76ers’ fans (and Australians, natch), Ben Simmons was passed over in favor of Detroit Pistons’ center Andre Drummond.

Is this a snub? Well, it depends on how you look at the situation. In the past, it seemed that the prevailing logic was to replace guards/backcourt players with other guards/backcourt players. However, Drummond (14.7 PPG, 15.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, 6.3 Win Shares) got the nod because he received the most votes from NBA head coaches among players who weren’t named reserves.

A few minutes ago, Simmons (16.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.3 APG, 3.7 Win Shares) issued the following tweet with I’m sure is completely unrelated to the situation:

Simmons is set to represent the Sixers on the World Team in the Rising Stars event on All-Star Weekend (along with Joel Embiid and Dario Saric), so we’ll still see him in Los Angeles in February.

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