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Joel Embiid named a starter for 2020 NBA All-Star Game

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Joel Embiid has been named a starter for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, giving Embiid his third straight All-Star selection.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (captain), Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker, and Trae Young have also been named starters on behalf of the Eastern Conference. For the Western Conference, the starters are LeBron James (captain), Anthony Davis, Luka Dončić, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard.

Elton Brand was quoted congratulating Joel in a team press release:

PHILADELPHIA – JAN. 23, 2020 – The NBA announced today that Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers was named an Eastern Conference starter for the 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago. It’s Embiid’s third consecutive All-Star Game selection after being named a starter in each of the past two seasons. He’s the first 76ers player to be named a starter in three straight All-Star Games since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson started seven straight from 2000-06. Embiid is also the eighth player in franchise history to be named an All-Star starter three times, matching Wilt Chamberlain with his third selection.

“Congratulations to Joel on being named an All-Star starter for the third consecutive season,” said Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand. “Through his continued hard work and intense desire to win, Joel has quickly established himself as one of our game’s most dominant players and a cornerstone of our franchise. His combination of power and finesse is truly special, as is the unique connection he’s made to our fans in Philadelphia. This is well-deserved, and we look forward to Joel representing the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago during All-Star Weekend.”

In 31 games this season, Embiid is averaging 23.4 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Embiid continues to be one of the league’s most impactful defenders and his ability to get to the line can at times carry the Sixers’ offense.

I have not come across any information as to whether Embiid will play in the All-Star Game. He’s still recovering from surgery on his hand. Whether he plays or not, congrats to Joel, much deserved and someone who will represent the team and the city well. Now, hopefully we get to see Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris make it in as reserves.