Ben Simmons intends to soak up some knowledge from the other NBA All-Stars.
“I’m coming in trying to learn as much as I can,” the 76ers point guard said of first All-Star appearance. “You know, being on Team ‘Bron with so many different talented players.
“For me, really trying to pick up some things and learn from them.”
The All-Star Game is Sunday night at the Spectrum Center. Yet, on Friday, Simmons was a long way from an understudy in the Rising Star Challenge at a similar arena.
The Australian native distributed exercises in a 161-144 World team loss to the U.S. group. The challenge pits 10 first-and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first-and second-year international players from the league.
The 2018 rookie of the year completed with 28 points on 14-for-17 shooting. Simmons likewise had five bounce back, six helps, three steals, and four turnovers in 20 minutes, 34 seconds.
The Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen included 21 points for the World team. Be that as it may, U.S. team control forward Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers, had an game-high 35, acquiring MVP honors.
Simmons missed his first shot – a back road oop dunk – 16 seconds into the game. Be that as it may, he proceeded to make his next 11 shots in the first half.
His initial four baskets came layups. At that point he had a dunk before scoring on another layup. That gave him 12 of World team’s initial 19 points.
His next basket came on an alley-oop off the backboard from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman with 8:07 left in the second quarter. Simmons’ next two baskets went ahead a dunk and an alley-oop dunk.
He had 18 points, two bounce back, two assists, three takes and two turnovers in 11:10 of activity in the first half. By halftime, the U.S. team built a commanding, 83-71 lead.
Simmons proceeded to make his first two shot endeavors of the third quarter before missing a dunk at the 5:37 imprint.
Jones, Webber Hall of Fame finalists
Previous 76ers Bobby Jones and Chris Webber are among 13 finalists chosen Friday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be reported in April at the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis. The Class of 2019 will be cherished amid Hall of Fame merriments in Springfield, Mass., in September.
Jones is perceived for being the champion 6th man on the Sixers’ 1983 NBA championship team. He was an eight-time NBA All-Defensive first-team selection. The winner of the 1983 Sixth Man award was additionally a four-time All-Star.
The Charlotte local played four seasons with the Denver Nuggets of the ABA and NBA before being traded to the Sixers on Aug. 16, 1978.
Webber turned into a five-time All-Star and champ of the 1994 Rookie of the Year grant in his 15 NBA seasons. The Sixers obtained him in an trade from the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 23, 2005. They waived him on Jan. 11, 2007.
Webber likewise played for the Golden State Warriors, the Washington Bullets/Wizards, and Detroit Pistons amid his vocation.
Marques Johnson, Jack Sikma, Ben Wallace and Paul Westphal are the current year’s four first-time finalists.
The other finalists are Hugh Evans, Bill Fitch, Sidney Moncrief, Leta Andrews, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton and Theresa Weatherspoon.