Sixers All-Stars 2018-19

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Sixers should have 3 All-Stars for 1st time since 1987

Could Sixers have 4?

Andrew Porter
December 05, 2018 - 12:20 pm
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The Philadelphia 76ers have not had three All-Stars in a single season since 1986-87, when Charles Barkley, Maurice Cheeks, and Julius Erving all made it.

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The 2019 NBA All-Star game, however, should feature three Sixers—Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, and Ben Simmons, and maybe even four if JJ could sneak in. 

 

Joel Embiid

Embiid is a lock, obviously. The talk around Embiid is not All-Star, it's MVP. Embiid is second in the conference in scoring (27.0 PPG), third in rebounds (13.4 RPG), and third in blocks (1.96 BPG). Embiid has attempted a ridiculous 261 free-throws, most in the NBA. The next closest to that is Kevin Durant with 202. 

 

Jimmy Butler

Butler is a bit trickier, mostly because of the trade. In 10 games with the Sixers, Butler is averaging 18.1 PPG, 16th in the East. His counting stats are down a bit since joining Philly, but the 29-year-old has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons. He has the reputation, he has the track record, coaches love him, he is an elite defender, and he hit two game winners already with his new squad, so it's safe to assume he's in. 

 

Ben Simmons 

Simmons is, I guess debatable, but I think he should be in rather easily. Simmons is tied for 26th in the conference in scoring with 15.5 PPG, but we know that's not his forte. He's third in the East in assists (7.9 APG), 10th in rebounds (8.8 RPG), t-11th in steals (1.38 SPG), and t-13th in field-goal percentage at 56.3%. His defense has been elite, especially of late, and he is one of the best all-around players in the NBA. 

Over his last eight games, Simmons is averaging 18.1 PPG, 8.4 APG, 8.4 RBP, and 1.5 SPG while shooting 62.4% from the field. 

 

How many players make the All-Star game?

12 from each conference, five starters and seven reserves. 

 

How does the voting work? 

The starting lineups are selected by a combination of fan, player, and media voting. The reserves are selected by the head coaches from each squad's respective conference (coaches cannot vote for their own players). If a selected player is injured and cannot play, the NBA commissioner Adam Silver selects a replacement. 

The leading vote getter in each conference becomes a captain, and the two captains pick teams from the pool of players named as all-stars. 

 

My projected Eastern Conference All-Star team

Obviously it's still early, but here's my guess...

Starters

F - Joel Embiid

F - Giannis Antetokounmpo

F - Kawhi Leonard

G - Kyle Lowry

G - Kyrie Irving

Reserves

G - Kemba Walker

G - Jimmy Butler

G - John Wall

G - Zach Lavine 

F - Ben Simmons 

F - Blake Griffin

F - Nikola Vučević

 

Others to note

Victor Oladipo would have a case, but he's played in just 16 games this season and is out indefinitely. Andre Drummond may have a case, but Vučević has been better this season, so I'm giving him the nod over Drummond with Griffin representing the over-achieving Pistons. I went with Wall over Bradley Beal because of the allure factor (yes, even with coaches deciding for reserves), but Beal could certainly get in over Wall. With the Wizards currently being one of the most disappointing teams in the league, I don't think both will make it. Although, that could change. 

Lavine is my last one in. He's currently 6th in the East in scoring (24.5 PPG), but his numbers could certainly drop with Lauri Markkanen back from injury. If Lavine does not make it...

...Khris Middleton or JJ Redick could sneak in. Both have been huge scoring contributors on two of the top teams in the league. Redick is having a career year, averaging 18.4 PPG and could potentially give the Sixers a fourth All-Star, but I think he'll ultimately need an injury to get in. 

The Sixers haven't had a four-All-Star season since 1982-83, when Cheeks, Erving, Moses Malone, and Andrew Toney made the team. 

 

The game

Sunday, February 17th in Charlotte, North Carolina 

 

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