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Our NBA All-Star challenge — describe Embiid in one word

Our NBA All-Star challenge — describe Embiid in one word

LOS ANGELES —  From trash talking on the court to expressing himself on social media, Joel Embiid is a player of many (many) words. So if his fellow All-Stars had to describe him in just one, what would it be? 

Draymond Green: "'Funny.' He's hilarious. The stuff he says, he goes on TV talking about (Kevin Durant's) burner account, he's talking how he's a savage. His Instagram locations, pretty funny. He's a good guy." 

Andre Drummond: "I’d probably say 'charismatic,' 'funny,' 'savage.' He don’t care, he just does what he wants to.”

Paul George: “Personality,' in all caps."

(Why all caps?)

“Because he’s a big dude.”

John Wall: "He's just 'himself.' He's very confident."

Anthony Davis: “'Savage.' Cool dude, he lives by his own rules. He’s just enjoying life and having fun.”

Jimmy Butler: "'Remarkable' in the fact that his game on the court is insane. Then the way he's always saying something to somebody on social media is really 'remarkable.'"

Bradley Beal: “'Wild.' He has no filter, he doesn’t care. That’s my boy, but he just has no remorse, doesn’t care."

LaMarcus Aldridge: “'Entertaining,' because he’s always on TV expressing how he feels. So, entertaining.”

Will Kevin Love's injury open All-Star spot for Ben Simmons?

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Will Kevin Love's injury open All-Star spot for Ben Simmons?

With Kevin Love expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his hand Tuesday, another All-Star roster spot is open.

Could it go to Ben Simmons? We'll likely find out from commissioner Adam Silver later today.

Simmons is one of a handful of worthy candidates to replace Love. Andre Drummond is no longer on that list after replacing the injured John Wall.

Simmons' main competition for that final All-Star roster spot appears to be Heat point guard Goran Dragic and Hornets PG Kemba Walker.

Lou Williams is another consideration, but it's more likely that Love's roster spot is filled by someone from the Eastern Conference.

So let's compare the numbers of Simmons, Dragic and Walker.

Simmons: 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks, 52% FG, 56% FT, zero made threes

Dragic: 17.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 44% FG, 76% FT, 1.5 made threes per game

Walker: 22.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 42% FG, 84% FT, 2.6 made threes per game

Simmons has the edge in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and field goal percentage.

Another advantage he may have over the other two is that, positionally, he'd make more sense as a replacement for Love. (In that regard, Kristaps Porzingis is also a consideration, averaging 23.3 points and 6.7 rebounds for the 23-28 Knicks.)

Of course, stats aren't the only consideration. Team records also matter.

Miami is 29-21, fourth in the East and without an All-Star representative. That plays into Dragic's favor. 

The Sixers are 24-23, eighth in the East and with an All-Star starter in Joel Embiid.

The Hornets are 20-29, 11th in the East and five games out of the playoffs.

Another name we saw surface Tuesday when Wall's injury came out was Jaylen Brown. Though it's confusing why Brown would even be considered. He's averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals, shooting 46 percent from the field, 38 percent from three and 59 percent from the line.

Solid numbers, but not All-Star worthy, even when you account for his defense and his team's record.

Drummond himself threw some shade at Brown on Instagram while simultaneously praising Simmons.

Simmons misses out on ASG again ... for now?

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Simmons misses out on ASG again ... for now?

Updated: 9:45 p.m.

Guess it’s time for Ben Simmons to start doing backflips.

Simmons missed out making the All-Star game as a reserve when the final rosters were announced last week. However, a spot opened up on Tuesday when the Washington Wizards announced that John Wall will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

So a point guard can’t play in the showcase. Naturally, NBA commissioner Adam Silver would replace Wall with another PG, right?

Not quite.

Silver selected Detroit Pistons center (and Joel Embiid nemesis) Andre Drummond as Wall’s replacement. Wall was technically a “wild-card” choice. Assistant coaches picked two guards, three frontcourt players and two additional players (wild cards) at either position.

Simmons laughed off the latest snub on Twitter.

Simmons certainly has the numbers to make his case for the ASG. The rookie is averaging 16.6 points (52.4 percent shooting), 7.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Drummond’s been no slouch, either. The big man is putting up 14.7 points (54.4 percent shooting), 15.1 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks a night.

But … the Sixers have beaten the Pistons three times this season and sit above them in the standings. (Although, if record is the case, the Miami Heat are fourth in the Eastern Conference and have zero All-Stars).

Either way, it might be time for Simmons to start pulling off some serious tricks on the court. At least that’s what Drummond suggested after he felt he was snubbed initially.

Or Simmons just has to continue to wait his turn. Another reserve spot appears to be opening up after Kevin Love reportedly suffered a broken hand during the Cavaliers' game against the Pistons on Tuesday.

Surely inserting Simmons into Love's place, which just so happens to be on the side of good friend and mentor LeBron James, would only make sense. We'll just have to wait and see.