News – AU – Australian superstar Ben Simmons makes NBA all-star history

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Ben Simmons’ elite skills at either end of the course were rewarded with the Australian Ace selected for the NBA All-Star Game for a third consecutive year

Simmons, 24, was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and became the first Australian to be selected in the 2019 All-Star Game His final nod extended his own record

The Philadelphia 76ers Guard is one of 14 players named by the NBA head coaches as reserves for the flagship game on Jan. March in Atlanta were selected

Simmons is on the Eastern conference list, which includes James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic

In the west, Zion Williamson receives a nod along with Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis

Simmons, who got off to a slow start to the season with the Sixers gaining a foothold as new coach and two new starters under Doc Rivers, averages 157 points, 83 rebounds and 79 assists for the top team in the East

He has averaged 278 points in his last four games, including a career best of 42, while his defense touts him as one of the best two-way players in the game

“I am very grateful to be in this position and to say that I am three times All-Star in the best league in the world,” said Simmons

“I think I’ve stepped up defensively and offensively just trying to be the point guard and leading the team, staying aggressive and keeping my boys locked up

20-year-old New Orleans forward Williamson is the fourth youngest player in the game’s 70-year history to be named an All Star as one of four first-time players The others are Boston’s Brown, New York’s Randle, and Chicago’s LaVine

Phoenix veteran Paul is an all-star for the eleventh time, while Brooklyn’s James Harden is an all-star for the ninth year in a row

Team captains LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Nets will assemble their teams next week The rosters will be published on 4 Published March

The starters announced last week were selected through a combination of votes from fans, NBA players and a media panel

Some of the unlucky players who missed the pick were Atlanta’s Trae Young, an all-star last season, Miami strikers Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, and Phoenix sniper Devin Booker

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News – AU – Australian superstar Ben Simmons writes NBA all -Star story

Source: https://7news.com.au/sport/basketball/simmons-now-a-three-time-nba-all-star-c-2229786