The NBA has released early returns on All-Star voting and two Sixers appear within the top 10 of their “position”: Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Joel Embiid is 2nd in total votes (606,534) among not just frontcourt players but all Eastern Conference players (Giannis Antetokounmpo is 1st with 1,073,358 votes). Ben Simmons received the 6th most votes among guards with 159,065. He trails Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks (443,412), Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (432,481), Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics (432,031), Derrick Rose of the Detroit Pistons (233,669), and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls (174,991).
- It seems Embiid’s relatively slow start to the season hasn’t had too much of a damper on the national perspective of his reputation.
- Jimmy Butler is 4th in votes among Eastern Conference frontcourt players with 431,483.
- Tacko Fall hilariously ranks 6th in votes among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. He’s played in just three games for a total of 11 minutes played in the NBA.
- Kyrie Irving is 2nd in votes among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. He’s played in just 11 games.
- The level of commitment from Derrick Rose fans is nothing short of unbelievable. Just 14 players in the entire NBA received more votes than Rose. These folks has never stopped believing that Rose is a top-25 player.
- Alex Caruso ranks 8th in votes among Western Conference guards. He’s averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 19.5 minutes per game.
- I would imagine Tobias Harris would be disappointed with these results. He’s never made an All-Star game in his career and listed being named to the All-Star squad as a goal heading into this season.
- All-Star voting is extremely flawed, stretching into silliness.
The only Sixer that could really make a case to be on here that is not is Tobias Harris. He’s averaging 19.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while playing the best defense I’ve seen from him in a Sixers uniform.