Drummond replaces Wall in All-Star game as Simmons misses out

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons

The door may have swung back open on the Miami Heat's hopes of landing a player in the February 18 NBA All-Star Game, with Washington Wizards guard John Wall sidelined with a knee issue.

Tuesday, he was snubbed for All-Star spot.

According to National Basketball Association rules, when an All-Star is unable to participate, the commissioner shall choose a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has been added to the NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Washington guard John Wall. Drummond is putting up averages of 14.7 points and a league-leading 15.1 rebounds while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor.

Simmons had no apparent reason to spontaneously react with laughter, so it is safe to assume he is responding to Drummond's selection over his own. Although his role could take a slight dip with the addition of Blake Griffin, it seems as though Drummond is developing into the player that the Pistons thought he could become when they drafted him.

Coaches still will always play favorite to those on teams with more success and sitting outside of the Eastern Conference playoff race certainly hurt Drummond's chances. Sixers center Joel Embiid was voted in as a starter. He's averaging 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game, statistics that are historically indicative of All-Star player, regardless of his status as a rookie. His name is Magic Johnson, and he was an All-Star that season. James and Westbrook are also the only two players to do that for a full season at all in the last 10 years. Therefore, he will be forced to sit out of his fifth-career All-Star Game, leaving Team LeBron with a vacancy.

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