Ben Simmons still disappointed over All-Star snub

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Every year there seem to be a few All-Star snubs whom people believe should have made the cut, and this year, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has made it clear he believes his Sixers teammate Ben Simmons is that guy.

And as for Simmons' All-Star candidacy, Kristaps Porzingis' injury opens up another spot for an Eastern Conference player, so maybe the Aussie will get a chance after all.

The on-going saga that is Ben Simmons' attempt to become the first-ever Australian to play in the NBA's All Star game has taken another turn, with the twice-overlooked star back in the frame following an injury to Kristaps Porzingis.

After quoting some of Simmons' season statistics, Watts went on to question the credentials of the Miami Heat's Goran Dragić who was called in to replace the injured Kevin Love in Team LeBron for the All Star game on February 18.

The 21-year-old Simmons is enjoying a strong rookie campaign with averages of 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game.

"He's already had five triple-doubles and frankly no one with two brain cells to rub together would want Goran Dragic on their team over Ben".

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Watts said Aussies were upset about a lack of representation in the NBA All-Star.

"If you thought that Australia was angry about 'The Simpsons versus Australia TV episode, you ain't seen nothing yet, Yanks", he said.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons said the following after Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker was named Porzingis' replacement: "I don't really know what an All-Star is anymore".

"Our representation in the National Basketball Association looks like modern Australia - a nation of migrants and the most successful multicultural nation [on] earth".

The nine Australian now flying the flag for our nation in the National Basketball Association include an indigenous Australian, four children of immigrants and two refugees.

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