Why we should all be voting for Ben Simmons to make the NBA All-Star team this year
NBA All-Star voting is in full effect and fans have the majority of the power on who will be selected yet again. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while NBA players and a presumably lousy media panel will account for 25 percent each.
This got me thinking about how I will exercise my constitutional rights by voting for what players I want to see in this year’s All-Star game.
Number one on my list has to be Ben Simmons.
Hear me out. I know I have already trashed Rich Paul and Klutch Sports for ruining Christmas by tweeting out that that Ben Simmons should be voted as an All-Star this season, but the more I think about it, the more I want everyone to vote for Ben Simmons to make the All-Star team.
No one has heard from Ben Simmons since his Game 7 press conference at the end of last year. From there, we have gotten numerous reports from Klutch Sports, Rich Paul, and media talking heads telling us what Ben Simmons was saying or thinking.
That in itself is absolutely insane and all things considered, we don’t even know if Ben Simmons wants to play basketball. After tonight’s game, Ben Simmons will be just under the $10 million mark in fines from the 76ers because he refuses to cooperate with the team’s medical staff and provide specifics on what type of treatment he’s going through that’s preventing him from playing basketball.
Not to question his mental health, but it seems unlikely that is the reason he’s not playing. So my next question is do we think it’s possible that the only way we will truly know if Ben Simmons wants to play basketball, is by voting him on to the All-Star team and see if he actually shows up?
What we do know, is how much Ben Simmons loves being an All-Star, it was is go-to answer for why he didn’t shoot the ball in the first place. He’s infatuated with fancy cars and parties, and loves being in that “Hollywood” spotlight. There’s no other event in the NBA that offers that type of dopamine hit than All-Star weekend.
If Ben Simmons truly does want to play basketball and force the Philadelphia 76ers to trade him, but at the same time, doesn’t want to play for the 76ers, would a trip to the All-Star game help showcase his talents and boost his trade value?
Short answer? Yes.
Also, if you’re a Ben Simmons hater that wants him to feel as much shame as possible for his actions, and putting him up against the best players in the league would be one of the better ways to go about that.
We don’t have the All-Star jersey designs yet, but if they include team logos like they sometimes have in the past, there’d be even more reason to get Simmons to the All-Star game. He and Rich Paul said he would never play in a Sixers jersey again.
Not so fast, buckaroos.
Even if you’re hoping for a Ben Simmons reunion with Joel Embiid and the 76ers, what’s to say a good slap in the ass can’t put everyones differences aside?
It’s worked before.
Get on over to NBA Vote and make sure you do your part in forcing Ben Simmons to represent the Philadelphia 76ers.
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