The NBA All-Star game is almost upon us and there’s great news for Sixers fans. Joel Embiid has become the first 76er since Allen Iverson to be selected for back-to-back all-star appearances.
Averaging 27.2 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2 blocks per contest, there is no questioning the dominance of Embiid. While there have been concerns over his fatigue, when he’s firing on all cylinders, he’s been unstoppable.
Embiid leads the league in double-doubles and has been monstrous as a defender this season. His 31.7% usage rate should tell you everything you need to know about just how much the Sixers value his presence on both ends of the floor.
Ben Simmons has stepped up in the absence of the big man, who has been dealing with a finger injury that has forced him to miss eight consecutive games, although his return is nearing and couldn’t come at a better time. Prior to the injury, the Sixers were outscoring opponents by 113 points when he was on the court and if they are to really mount a serious Championship charge, they’ll need their generationally gifted big man.
The All-Star game takes place on February 17th at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, with reserves being selected next Thursday. Ben Simmons should be in the running given his stellar streak of play, leading the Sixers to a 5-3 record in Embiid’s absence.
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