Pain: Ben Simmons not listed in NBA’s first All-Star fan voting returns
The NBA has released their first round of fan voting for the 2022 NBA All-Star game in Cleveland and honestly, Philadelphia 76ers fans have work to do.
Joel Embiid, Obviously
As expected Joel Embiid is listed on the list for the Eastern Conference behind only Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the front court fan voting.
Embiid has been dominating as of late and just took home the Eastern Conference Player of the Month Award earlier this week. Last month, Embiid averaged 29.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and nearly four assists per game. Six of those games we watched Embiid score well over 30 points, including his season-high 43 points against the Hornets.
Safe to say when a guy is averaging 30-point double-doubles for an entire month, he deserves some praise. More recently, Embiid has scored over 30 in five straight and 7 of the last 8 games and is absolutely dominating anyone who dares to face him.
We are losing the Ben Simmons All-Star 2022 Campaign
All that is just lovely, but unfortunately, our campaign to get Ben Simmons selected to the 2022 All-Star Team is failing. After I wrote the initial article about voting for Ben Simmons to make the All-Star game, I received a ton of mixed results.
On one side, it’s absolutely hilarious. Having Ben Simmons get selected to the All-Star game after refusing to play basketball would be a history feat and clearly throw a wrench into everything. It would also help us find some answers to whether or not Ben Simmons ever wants to play basketball again. Who doesn’t want an ending to the seven month long soap opera we have been witnessing? It’s exhausting.
Unfortunately, the majority of people still let Ben Simmons hold mental weight in their brains and still have a negative emotional reaction online any time that he’s mentioned, and refuse to play along with the All-Star voting. Simmons has made 76ers basketball miserable for the better half of a year, can’t we have some fun and vote him to be an All-Star?
I guess not.
Rich Paul and Klutch Sports tweeted out on Christmas Day asking fans to vote Ben Simmons to be an All-Star. I literally never agree with anything that comes from Klutch Sports but you have to admit, it was pretty funny (and probably just a scheduled tweet).
We still have time. Make sure you’re voting daily for Ben Simmons to become an All-Star. Save the 76ers and America. Your countrymen will thank you for it.
Mandatory Credit: Sporting News