Kiwi OKC star Steven Adams misses out on NBA All Star selection

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In his fourth National Basketball Association season, Jokic is having a career year, making it a no-brainer to name the rising super star to his first all-star team.

New Zealand's NBA star Steven Adams has missed out on being selected in the 2019 NBA All Star game.

On Thursday night, the All-Star reserves will be announced prior to the TNT doubleheader featuring the Bucks vs.

The All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 in Charlotte.

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On Friday, Simmons, 22, secured his maiden All-Star berth as one of the players coming off the bench for the Eastern Conference team.

Though Westbrook failed to earn a starting position after finishing fourth among Western Conference backcourt players in the fan/media/player vote, National Basketball Association coaches came through as expected for the former MVP.

Simmons, who was overlooked previous year despite putting up historic numbers in his rookie campaign, found out on the team bus travelling to Oracle Arena for Friday's clash against the Golden State Warriors, with a friend on Facetime notifying him. While he didn't go so far as to assume he'd be named to the 2019 NBA All-Star Team, he also wasn't sweating the Thursday's announcement either.

Simmons' selection is an historic moment for Australian basketball.

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He has averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to third in the Eastern Conference.

For Brown, the selection of Simmons and star Joel Embiid, off to his second All-Star Game, is further vindication for the 76ers' long-term plan of drafting and developing young talent.

Teams will be selected via a draft by Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, who were the leading vote-getters in their respective conferences.

Westbrook is joined in the Western Conference reserve pool by LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

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