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February 07, 2019

NBA All-Star Draft: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons split up for All-Star Game

Sixers All-Star Game
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid laughs with Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during the second half Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.

The NBA held its All-Star Draft for this year’s All-Star Game in Charlotte on Thursday night, just hours after the league’s trade deadline madness.

The Sixers’ pair of All-Stars — second-timer Joel Embiid and first-timer Ben Simmons — were initially on the same team, Team Giannis, which seemed fitting since LeBron spurned the Sixers this summer. But, as it turns out, that won't be the case.

After Giannis Antetokounmpo took LeBron's heir with the 13th pick, the King had some words for the Bucks star:


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Following the completion of the draft, LeBron made a move (which is a thing they can do?) and traded Russell Westbrook for Simmons, essentially swapping walking triple-doubles:

And now, Simmons and Embiid will face off against each other in the Feb. 17 game. Here's what the Sixers center thought of his teammate being traded for Russ... 

One more take: putting Giannis and Joel Embiid, the fourth-overall pick, on the same team probably breaks some sort of Basketball Geneva Conventions with regards to collective wingspans. It's nuts.

Here’s a look at the full rosters for each side (with the order of the picks in parentheses):

Team LeBron

STARTERS

• LeBron James (c)
• Kevin Durant (1)
• Kyrie Irving (3)
• Kawhi Leonard (5)
• James Harden (7)

BENCH

• Anthony Davis (10)
• Klay Thompson (12)
• Damian Lillard (14)
• Ben Simmons (13, via trade)
• LaMarcus Aldridge (18)
• Karl Anthony-Towns (20)
• Bradley Beal (22)

OLD GUY

• Dwyane Wade (23)

Team Giannis

STARTERS

• Giannis Antetokounmpo (c)
• Steph Curry (2)
• Joel Embiid (4)
• Paul George (6)
• Kemba Walker (8)

BENCH

• Khris Middleton (9)
• Nikola Jokic (11)
• Russell Westbrook (16, via trade)
• Blake Griffin (15)
• DeAngelo Russell (17)
• Nikola Vucevic (19)
• Kyle Lowry (21)

OLD GUY

• Dirk Nowitzki (24)

Now that teams are set... who are you taking?


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