Unlucky? Ben Simmons in action for the 76ers.
Unlucky? Ben Simmons in action for the 76ers.

Simmons gets no joy in All-NBA Team voting

Ben Simmons has fallen short of making one of the three elite All-NBA teams.

The 22-year-old, who is set to spearhead the Boomers' push for a World Cup win in China in September, along with Golden State Warriors' sharpshooter Klay Thompson and the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, were the three guards with the highest votes who missed out.

The All-NBA First Team's guards are James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Stephen Curry (Warriors), forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder) and centre Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets).

The All-NBA First, Second and Third teams are decided by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.

Antetokounmpo and Harden were the only players unanimously selected for the First Team with both players receiving First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each.

The All-NBA Second Team is centre Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), forwards Kevin Durant (Warriors) and Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors) and guards Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics).

LeBron James, after an injury-plagued debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers, could only manage a place on the All-NBA Third Team.

The Third Team is made up of guards Russell Westbrook (Thunder) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), forwards James and Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons) and centre Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz).

Simmons, coming off last year's NBA Rookie of the Year award, received seven Third Team points from media members.

Thompson had 18 and Beal 31 Third Team points.

Westbrook earned his Third Team selection with 44 points and Walker had 39 points.

Simmons did beat his arch rival, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who had four points, and a long list of other elite veterans including Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (four points), San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan (three), Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (one point for Second Team), Toronto's Kyle Lowry (one) and LA Clippers' Lou Williams (one).