Ben Simmons in action for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ben Simmons in action for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simmons earns All-Star world team nod

AUSTRALIAN NBA star Ben Simmons will suit up for Team World on NBA All-Star weekend.

However, higher honours could be coming with bench players for the star-studded All-Star game yet to be announced.

Simmons was named to Team World for the second time, along with Bahamian No.1 draft pick Deandre Ayton, Slovenian rookie Luka Doncic and Finland's Lauri Markkanen.

Simmons is averaging close to a triple-double on the season with 16.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game.

The Philadelphia superstar has eight triple-doubles on the season, the second most in the league behind Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Simmons would be the first Australian to participate in a NBA All-Star game if chosen.

Ben Simmons wants a foul against Denver Nuggets.
Ben Simmons wants a foul against Denver Nuggets.

Despite his All-Star calibre season, Simmons has been the subject of trade rumours this week in the wake of Anthony Davis' decision to leave New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Simmons' Australian teammate Jonah Bolden is enjoying a solid stretch of form in Philadelphia.

After seven points, two rebounds and two blocks in the thrilling comeback win over San Antonio, Bolden scored three points in 11 minutes to go with three boards.

After going past Australian legend Luc Longley on the list of NBA games played by Australians, Patty Mills continues to be a key member of San Antonio Spurs.

The veteran guard played 21 and 22 minutes in his past two games this week, scoring six and 15 points respectively.

In the Spurs' win over Washington Wizards, Mills tallied seven assists, two steals and a rebound.

It has been a historic season for Australians in the NBA with Mills chasing down Andrew Bogut's record of 695 NBA games.

Patty Mills continues to star for the Spurs.
Patty Mills continues to star for the Spurs.

Now Mitch Creek has joined the ranks after making his debut with Brooklyn.

Creek scored one point in his first game as the Nets beat New York Knicks before backing it up with six points, five rebounds, one assist and a steal in 18 minutes against Boston Celtics.

Ryan Broekhoff is also in his debut season in the NBA with Dallas Mavericks.

After failing to play a minute in the previous two games, Broekhoff got on court in the Mavs recent clash against Toronto, hitting a three-pointer and adding an assist in limited time.

In Cleveland, Matthew Dellavedova has been averaging 19 minutes a game with the Cavaliers after his trade out of Milwaukee.

On Monday (EDT), Dellavedova scored 16 points in 22 minutes while adding five assists and four rebounds in a win over Chicago.


He followed that up with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes in Wednesday's (EDT) win over Washington.

Thon Maker is battling to get on court. Pic: AP
Thon Maker is battling to get on court. Pic: AP

Former teammate at Milwaukee, Thon Maker remains anchored to the bench, playing just one game in the past five and seeing just four minutes in that lone appearance.

Finally, in Utah, Joe Ingles has been logging big minutes for the Jazz.

"Slow-Mo Joe" has played 36, 33 and 36 minutes in his previous three games, scoring 14, 12 and 15 points respectively for an average of 11 on the season.

Ingles has been stuffing the stat sheet in recent games with five rebounds and eight assists against Denver, three rebounds and two assists against Minnesota and two boards and six helpers in the follow-up game against the Timberwolves.

Teammate Dante Exum remains sidelined with an ankle injury.