With the news that Wizards point guard John Wall would be out for the next six weeks with a knee injury, the National Basketball Association needed to choose a replacement for him from the Eastern Conference. The Heat remain as the the only team among the top eight in the Eastern Conference without an All-Star.
For a few hours Tuesday, the possibility of a Heat All-Star became real again.
Prior to going without an All-Star last season, the Heat had a representative at the event every year since 2005.
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Announced two weeks ago as Eastern Conference starters, in combined polling of fans, players and media, were James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan and Kyrie Irving. After Drummond was given the All-Star game berth, Brown took to Twitter to show his confusion at the perceived snub. He had a unique reaction after Drummond was selected as Wall's replacement.
Unlike Major League Baseball and the NHL, there are no requirements for team representation among NBA All-Star selections.
With the Sixers already boasting one All-Star in big man Joel Embiid, their playoff status could be enough to earn them a second, however Simmons will face stiff competition from Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, who is averaging 22.1 points and 5.8 assists per game. Chris Bosh also was selected to represent the Heat that season, but was sidelined by a recurrence of blood clots.
This season, only three players have stats that reach those per game plateaus: Simmons, Cleveland's LeBron James and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.