We are around a quarter of the way into this NBA season and the words “All Star” are now being thrown around to certain players as All Star weekend is right around the corner. This season the Eastern Conference team should feature not one but two Sixers players, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Both are putting up strong campaigns to make the team for the East.
First is Joel Embiid, who arguably was snubbed from the team last year after a dominant start to his rookie season. After an injury plagued start to his career Embiid is showing that he is finally healthy and that he is going to be a dominant force in this league for years to come. He is currently averaging 23 point per game, 11 rebounds per game, and just under two blocks per game. His rebounding numbers are seventh in the NBA and his blocks numbers are fourth in the NBA. With only missing three games so far this season and playing on close to a daily basis Joel Embiid is showing he should not be snubbed from the All Star team again.
A rookie has not made the All Star team since 2011 when Blake Griffin made the team for the Western Conference. But Ben Simmons may be the next rookie phenom to be granted All Star honors. Simmons is averaging 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals per game. Simmons’ rookie campaign has been compared to the likes of Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. His assists and steals numbers are both top five in the NBA. Simmons has also posted two triple doubles this season. If Simmons were to be named he would join the likes of Grant Hill, Shaq, and Tim Duncan who were some of the recent rookies to be named All Stars.
Although these two players are only in their first and second years in the NBA they have proven to be two top tier talents in the Eastern Conference right now. These two players have turned the Sixers from a lottery team to being an above .500 team on the road to a playoff run. Both should be named All Stars this season.