Ben Simmons makes All-Star game

Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent
Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons has been chosen for the NBA's All Stars game

Ben Simmons has been named an NBA All-Star.

The Australian was snubbed last week as a starter in a vote by fans, current NBA players and media members but on Thursday NBA coaches ensured Simmons would play in the February 16 All-Star game in Chicago.

Simmons was included as one of the Eastern Conference's seven players coming off the bench.

It is the second consecutive year the Melbourne-born Philadelphia 76ers' star has made the All-Star game as reserve.

The other Eastern reserves are: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo and Domas Sabonis.

Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul are the Western Conference reserves.

The East's starters are: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam, Joel Embiid, Trae Young and Kemba Walker.

The West's starters are LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden.

Simmons' hopes of being a starter were decimated by the fan vote, which accounted for 50 per cent of the total.

Fans rated the Philadelphia 76ers' star as only the eighth best guard in the East, players ranked him fourth and the media third.

One of the biggest All-Star omissions this year was Australian-born Kyrie Irving.

The coaches snubbed the six-time All-Star.

Irving was third behind Young and Walker in the combined fan-player-media vote.

James and Antetokounmpo were named All-Star captains and will select their teams, choosing from either conference, in a draft style selection event.