Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
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Simmons can't figure out why he isn't an All-Star

Simmons can't figure out why he isn't an All-Star

Australian politician Tim Watts recently went off during a session of parliament over Philadelphia 76ers star rookie Ben Simmons not getting a nomination.

It appears he has given up on trying to figure out why he has yet to make the roster, even with four extra chances.

"I rise today to express my outrage at the exclusion of Australian Ben Simmons from this year's NBA All-Star game", Watts ranted.

"In a record breaking rookie year for the Philadelphia 76ers Ben is now averaging almost 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game".

Simmons has been overlooked for an All-Star invite six times in recent weeks as players pulled out with injuries and National Basketball Association coaches and the league's commissioner, Adam Silver, instead went with veteran players as replacements. "It is what it is, but my stats don't lie".

By comparison, Walker is averaging 23.0 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game with a field goal percentage of 42.6 percent. I mean if it was about win-lose, you picked [Miami Heat guard Goran] Dragic obviously, and you pick Kemba, whose team is seven wins under us.

Simmons is likely the favorite in the Rookie of the Year race after missing the entire 2016-17 season due to injury.

"The nine Australians who are now flying the flag for our nation in the National Basketball Association include an Indigenous Australian, four children of immigrants and two refugees", he said.

It was the third time Silver had chosen experience over the rookie, after Miami guard Goran Dragic replaced injured Cleveland forward-centre Kevin Love and guard John Wall was replaced by Detroit Pistons centre Andre Drummond.

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