How many Sixers will take part in All-Star weekend?

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How many Sixers will take part in All-Star weekend?

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are making a strong push to be selected to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. Who else from the Sixers could be in Los Angeles next month?

With league events taking place throughout the weekend, there are several opportunities for players to participate in the festivities.

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Embiid and Simmons rank third in Eastern Conference frontcourt and guard fan voting, respectively, based on the second returns announced Thursday.

Embiid (784,287 votes) trails LeBron James (1,622,838) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,480,954), with a lead of more than 100,000 ahead of Kristaps Porzingis (640,928).

Simmons (397,942) moved ahead of Victor Oladipo (385,448). He is behind Kyrie Irving (1,370,643) and DeMar DeRozan (537,168).

Fans make up for 50 percent of votes for the 10 starters. Current NBA players and a select group of media members will account for the remaining 50 percent, voting on a ballot with two guards and three frontcourt players from the East and West. NBA head coaches select the reserves.

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Dario Saric (Croatia) participated in the USA vs. World competition as a rookie and is a candidate in his second season. He is averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, with double-digit scoring in his past 19 consecutive games.

If Simmons (Australia) does not make the All-Star team, look for him to be added to this game.

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Embiid was selected to the competition last season before he was sidelined by a knee injury. He is an ideal contestant given his versatility that fits with the different stations in the challenge. This is the perfect venue for him to showcase those guard skills he likes to demonstrate.

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JJ Redick (40.7 percent) automatically comes to mind when listing three-point shooters in the NBA. Robert Covington (38.9 percent) got off to a hot start from three this season and could be a potential contestant as well.

Ben Simmons moves up in All-Star voting

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Ben Simmons moves up in All-Star voting

The second wave of NBA All-Star fan votes are in and two Sixers are third at their position.

Among frontcourt players, Joel Embiid is behind only LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Embiid has received approximately 784,000 votes, which is 140,000 more than the next player on the list, Kristaps Porzingis.

Ben Simmons has the third-most votes among Eastern Conference guards, trailing only Kyrie Irving and DeMar Derozan. Simmons has received just under 398,000 votes and has a narrow lead over Victor Oladipo (385,000). Simmons trailed Oladipo after the first voting returns last week.

The NBA All-Star selection process is pretty complicated.

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote for starters, with NBA players and media accounting for 25 percent each. 

For more on how the selection process works, check out the explanation at the bottom of this post.

Voting ends on Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. Starters are announced Jan. 18 and reserves on Jan. 23. Reserves are selected by the coaches. 

The All-Star Game itself is Sunday, Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.

Simmons, Embiid are rocking the vote

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Simmons, Embiid are rocking the vote

The first returns of the 2018 NBA All-Star votes are in and Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons rank in the top four at their positions.

Embiid currently is third among all Eastern Conference frontcourt players with 433,161 votes. He trails only overall leading vote-getter Giannis Antetokounmpo (863,416) and LeBron James (856,080). Kristaps Porzingis (359,459) and Kevin Love (221,969) round out the top five.

In the Eastern Conference guards voting, Simmons (210,085) is fourth behind Kyrie Irving (802,834), DeMar DeRozan (259,368) and Victor Oladipo (251,886). Simmons is one spot ahead of John Wall (175,990). 

Kevin Durant (767,402), Anthony Davis (393,000) and DeMarcus Cousins (356,340) are top three in the Western Conference frontcourt while Stephen Curry (735,115), James Harden (602,040) and Russell Westbrook (438,469) lead the guards. 

Fan voting accounts for 50 percent of the votes and can be cast through NBA.com, the NBA app, Facebook and Twitter with #NBAVOTE, Google Search, Amazon Alexa, Sina Weibo and Tencent. 

Current NBA players and a select group of media members will account for the remaining 50 percent of the votes. These ballots will include three frontcourt players and two guards from each conference. The reserves will be chosen by head coaches. 

Once the teams are selected, the starters who received the most fan votes in each conference will be named captains. The NBA is implementing a new format for this season’s All-Star Game wherein each captain will pick their teams from the starters and reserves in either conference. 

The starters and captains will be announced Jan. 18, the reserves Jan. 23 and the rosters Jan. 25. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.