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?
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.
😂— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) January 31, 2018
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.
Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) January 24, 2018
Lmao on to the next
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.