Ben Simmons shrugs off All-Star snub

18 February, 2018, 07:08 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Ben Simmons had two simple objectives coming into the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Game on Friday night. He's putting up 23.7 points and 11.1 rebounds and is also one of the frontrunners for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

BC-BKN-All-Star-Rising Stars, 1st Ld-Writethru, 7362 Kings lead World past USA 155-124 in Rising Stars gameAP Photo LAS114, LAS114, LAS117, LAS118, LAS127, LAS120, LAS119, LAS128, LAS125, LAS123Eds: World 155, U.S. 124. However, no one in Mitchell's supporting cast can come close to matching the talent Team World has on offer. He scored a game-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the USA Team.

Meanwhile, for the World Team, Philadephia 76ers standout center Joel Embiid headlines the list of players featuring.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he would participate in all three of his All-Star Weekend events, according to NBC Sports' Jessica Camerato.

Guard Lou Williams will compete in the three-point contest and recently acquired forward Tobias Harris in the skills challenge. The Sacramento Kings star finished with a team-high 29 points in the win. But they are the struggling marquee franchise's only representatives at the latest All-Star weekend in its hometown.

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The rookie leader with 19.6 points per game acknowledges getting distracted earlier this season by thinking too much about rookie of the year and paying too much attention to what his classmates were doing after not being taken until the No. 13 pick. "They tried. But unfortunately it was just one of those nights where the shots didn't go down for us", said Rogers, an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets.

Canada's Jamal Murray, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, delivered 21 points and seven assists and Dario Saric, of Croatia, scored 18 and made four-of-seven three pointers.

"He's really good." Embiid said.

He is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80 and in Friday's game, Simmons outshone another front runner for the accolade in Team USA's Donovan Mitchell, who had seven points and seven assists.

His confidence was oozing and he even channeled his inner-Stephen Curry with a three-pointer from long range. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball will not join his teammates Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma due to injury, nor will reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon.

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