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Kristaps Porzingis not voted as starter for NBA All-Star Game

Kristaps Porzingis not voted as starter for NBA All-Star Game

The Knicks star lost out on the fifth spot to the 76ers' Joel Embiid, after the voting results were announced Thursday evening for the All-Star Game to be held February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Embiid is one of two Eastern Conference players and one of five leaguewide averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, joining fellow All-Star starter Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee.

Embiid is the first starter from the 76ers since Allen Iverson in 2010-11 and the first 76ers to appear in the game since Jrue Holiday in 2012-13. Did the Sixers' Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons make it after all that campaigning?

Embiid is averaging 23.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his second National Basketball Association season.

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 2018 NBA All-Star Game starters, while current players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each. But I feel like I have the resume to be an all-star. But tonight my focus is about beating a Celtics team that's 3-0 against us. I don't want to [be swept in] the series. "I want to win tonight".

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Porzingis, who is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 rebounds on 43 percent shooting, finished one spot below Joel Embiid for the final spot for the third (and final) Eastern Conference frontcourt spot. Porzingis should find his way to his first All-Star Game as part of the reserve team, which the coaches will select at a later date.

This season, the All-Star teams will be chosen in a draft format of all players instead of East versus West. The rosters will be announced January 25.

The 67th NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 18 at the STAPLES Center and broadcasted on TNT and ESPN Radio.


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