Ben Simmons aims to become first Aussie NBA All-Star

Philadelphia 76ers rising star Ben Simmons is following up his Rookie of the Year worthy performance with another impressive season.

The 22 year-old guard is currently putting up 16.5 points per game, 9.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists. He has been one of the main reasons why the Sixers are fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Generally known for his unselfishness on the court, Simmons actually has some personal goals of his own. One of them is to become the first ever Australian All-Star in NBA history.

In a recent interview with Andrew McMurty of Australia’s, Simmons shared how much it would mean to him should he make history in the All-Star game this year.

“I also want to be the first Australian to be in the All-Star game, I think that would just be huge for Australian basketball. Not only for me but for little kids looking up to me. I think that would just be an amazing accomplishment.”

“I think being selected as an All-Star is a great accomplishment. Being an All-Star, you’re looked at as being one of the best players in the league,”

“Being in the NBA is already a great accomplishment for a lot of guys and I want to get to that next level. I believe what I’ve been doing as of late has shown that I’m up there with those guys.”

It would be hard to pass on Simmons this year, as he’s currently bound to break some of the records he accomplished last season.

In the 2017-18 season, Simmons notched 38 double-doubles and 12 triple doubles. This year he now has 27 and seven for both categories respectively, with still 42 games left.

However, when the second round of voting results were released a few days ago, Simmons just ranked fourth among Eastern Conference All-Stars receiving 695,032 fan votes. He trails Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, and Kemba Walker.

The fan votes will only account to 50% of the overall All-Star scores, as fellow players and prominent media personnel will also have a say in who’s in and who’s out of the All-Star game.

So making the All-Star team this year is going to be likely for the sophomore phenom.

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