National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver chooses injury replacements, and Simmons might have been the best backcourt candidate for selection.
Washington Wizards all-star point guard John Wall is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a knee procedure, according to Washington Post's Candace Buckner. The chosen player will then play for Team Lebron in the all-star game.
Among potential Wall All-Star replacements beyond the Heat possibilities are Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker and Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.
In the end, he went with a player who has improved by leaps and bounds over last season, especially on the offensive side of the floor. Wall and Drummond both play for Eastern Conference teams.
Simmons is averaging 16.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists in one of the most remarkable rookie seasons in recent history.
Though deserving, his snub left the Detroit Pistons without an All-Star and Drummond took to twitter shortly after the initial rosters were announced to voice his displeasure. "No (t) sure why Jaylen Brown is confused", said Drummond in the comments. He's averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.5 minutes per game. Drummond seems to be a Simmons fan, though, as he added, "Got a lot of respect for Ben, his time is coming sooner than he knows". Oddly enough, he's shooting just 59.1 percent from the free throw line, which is worse than Drummond's 62.5 percent mark.
Drummond is having a fine season for a Pistons team that is now poised to make a run to the playoffs after acquiring Blake Griffin in a trade yesterday from the L.A. Clippers.