Ben Simmons Named to Eastern Conference All-Star Team
The Philadelphia Sixers will have an second All-Star this season.
While center Joel Embiid was already named a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, point guard Ben Simmons has been names as a reserve on Tuesday.
For the third straight year, Simmons was named to the All-Star reserves.
Simmons is averaging 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.9 assists (ninth in the NBA, fourth in the East) and 1.7 steals per game.
Simmons is coming on strong of late for the east leading Sixers, scoring 20-or-more points five times over his last 12 games. During that time-frame, the all-star has averaged 19.7 points on .623 shooting, while tallying 7.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists per contest.
While coaches’ votes for the All-Star reserves, Simmons’ career-high 42-point outing against Utah on Feb. 15 was a big help. The fourth-year pro finished the game shooting 15-26 from the field and 12-13 from the free-throw line while adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes.
Simmons and Embiid will be joined on this year’s Eestern Conference All-Star roster by Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Giannis Antetokounmpo and captain Kevin Durant.
Here are the Eestern Conference reserves: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers will serve as the head coach for Team Durant.
Embiid and Simmons will be entered into the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft, set to be televised on TNT on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET. The Lakers’ LeBron James and Nets’ Kevin Durant will draft the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.
The NBA All-Star Game will be held at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Sunday, March 7.
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