Ben Simmons will find out where he lands as the NBA All-Star Draft takes place today.
Captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant will choose their preferred teammates from a pool of players nominated as starters and reserves for the annual clash.
Gone is the Eastern Conference vs Western Conference concept, with James (LA Lakers) and Durant (Brooklyn Nets) able to pick anyone they like to be on their side. They’ll nab their starters in the first round, followed by reserves in the second round.
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Speculation was ramping up last month Simmons would be snubbed for a spot among the All-Stars but received a lifeline when he was officially unveiled as an Eastern Conference reserve.
The Aussie has been on a hot streak of late, proving the doubters wrong after being dragged into trade rumours about being shipped away from the 76ers to make room for Harden, who wanted out of Houston.
Simmons’ scoring average jumped from 13 points a game in December/January to 22 points in February and Embiid’s absence from a road game against Utah appeared to be the catalyst for the 24-year-old’s new-found aggressiveness.
Durant won’t play in the All-Stars game because of a hamstring injury, but will still act as captain.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported James would choose reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with his first pick.
Stephen Curry — Golden State Warriors
Luka Doncic — Dallas Mavericks
Kawhi Leonard — Los Angeles Clippers
Nikola Jokic — Denver Nuggets
Kyrie Irving — Brooklyn Nets
Bradley Beal — Washington Wizards
Giannis Antetokounmpo — Milwaukee Bucks
Joel Embiid — Philadelphia 76ers
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
James Harden (Brooklyn Nets)
Julius Randle (New York Knicks)
Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic)
Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Chris Paul — (Phoenix Suns)
Paul George — (Los Angeles Clippers)
Damian Lillard — (Portland Trail Blazers)
Donovan Mitchell — (Utah Jazz)
Rudy Gobert — (Utah Jazz)
Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers)
Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)