John Wall out for All-Star game. Will Dragic be his replacement?

03 February, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Ben Simmons All Star hopes revived

The door may have swung back open on the Miami Heat's hopes of landing a player in the February 18 NBA All-Star Game, with Washington Wizards guard John Wall sidelined with a knee issue.

We'll see if that changes soon when NBA Commission Adam Silver makes his decision.

Andre Drummond has been selected to replace John Wall among the Eastern Conference representatives for the All-Star game and Ben Simmons may not agree with the pick.

Simmons apparently found the snub amusing. Per USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt, the news release said Drummond received the next-most votes from coaches among the reserves who were left unchosen.

But by Tuesday evening, the announcement was made that Drummond would fill the void.

Newly acquired Pistons forward Blake Griffin tweeted out his congratulations for Drummond.

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Announced two weeks ago as Eastern Conference starters, in combined polling of fans, players and media, were James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan and Kyrie Irving.

Brown, in his second season with Boston, is also having an impressive season.

Simmons is averaging 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season, making a srtrong case for Rookie of the Year honours. He's averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.5 minutes per game.

If Simmons gets the nod, he would join National Basketball Association legends Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Patrick Ewing and David Robinson in becoming an All-Star in his rookie season.

Coincidentally, all three were to play on the team picked by LeBron.

In the end, he went with a player who has improved by leaps and bounds over last season, especially on the offensive side of the floor.

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