Our Boi Ben Simmons Just Became Australia's First Ever NBA All-Star

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Unlike Wade, Nowitzki has not publicly stated whether this is his final season.

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (left) and Heat guard Dwyane Wade were named Friday as special roster additions for the 68th NBA All-Star Game by league commissioner Adam Silver.

The New Zealand centre has been putting up career-best numbers this season in several categories, averaging career highs in points per game (15.4), rebounds per game (10.0), assists per game (1.8) and steals per game (1.5).

Oklahoma City superstar Russell Westbrook, New Orleans' Anthony Davis and sharp-shooting duo Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard are among the reserves announced for the Western Conference. He was close to making it as an All-Star starter because he received the second-most fan votes among Eastern Conference guards behind only Boston's Kyrie Irving, but he finished sixth in both the player and media vote to fall just short.

Jokic is genuinely having an MVP caliber season and his all-star appearance is a true reflection of that.

The NBA's 30 head coaches selected the 14 reserves for this year's game. Each team will now have 13 players instead of the customary 12, and LeBron James - one of the captains - will be the one who decides which side Wade and Nowitzki will be joining. They will be selected after the starters and reserves are chosen by James and Antetokounmpo. "As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs".

Wade entered Friday's game against the Thunder averaging 13.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and 4.3 assists in 39 games this season.

James and Antetokounmpo, as the respective leading vote getters, will conduct a schoolyard pick from those pools to determine the two team squads for this year's NBA All-Star Game, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18th Australian time.



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