Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons isn't happy. He thinks he's an All-Star, but he has been passed over four times in the last three weeks on injury replacements.
It appears he has given up on trying to figure out why he has yet to make the roster, even with four extra chances.
“I don’t really know what an all-star is anymore," Simmons told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 21-year-old is averaging 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game on the season, but he has been passed over by Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic, Kemba Walker and Paul George for spots on the All-Star team.
This isn't the Pro Bowl and players don't usually get four extra chances to be on an All-Star team in the NBA, but this year it happened and Simmons is disappointed he did not get a nod despite all of the replacements.
"It is what it is, but my stats don’t lie," he said.
Simmons averages more points per game than Drummond, more assists per time out than both Dragic and Walker, and more rebounds per matchup than George. He has a legitimate gripe and he's trying to figure out why he wouldn't get the nod.
He was thinking it may simply come down to how well a player's team is performing, but that idea has issues too.
"I mean if it was about win-lose, you picked Dragic obviously and you pick Kemba, whose team is seven wins under us," Simmons said.
Simmons may be vindicated at the end of the year as he still has a chance to be named to an All-NBA team and is the front-runner for the Rookie of the Year.